Every part You Want To Know About MUSEE HONME PALAIS ROYAL( Historic Story of The Royal Palace in Porto Novo).
Lastly we received to our Vacation spot; MUSEE HONME PALAIS ROYAL.
Once we arrived at Homme Museum, we noticed the tour information whose identify was Mr Vincent. Mr Vincent was the tour information of this nice museum however probably not good at talking good English. In reality it’s a must to break your english right down to earth earlier than he can perceive you and I’ve to position my ear down earlier than I perceive him. We negotiated how a lot he’ll accumulate from us to discover the museum and likewise be our tour information across the stunning metropolis of Porto Novo. We lastly come to conclusions.
The Royal Palace Musée Honmé, also referred to as King Toffa’s Palace and extra lately Musée Honmé, is a former royal residence and as we speak museum in Porto-Novo, Benin. Porto Novo was colonized by the Portuguese and the capital metropolis of Benin republic. The museum was a palace earlier than and was constructed by the Portuguese throughout the period of slavering earlier than it changed into a museum for sightseeing.
Historical past made us perceive that 25 king’s stayed within the royal palace from 1688 – 1976 throughout the reign of Te Agbanlin to De Cibeffa. After 1976, there was no extra king who stayed within the palace until date as a result of the sons of the king began preventing within the palace and deserted the palace for years earlier than it was now reworked right into a museum within the yr 1988 fifth of February. A museum the place all of the collections of the kings or issues that have been used within the palace have been preserved.
THE REVIEW OF THE ROYAL PALACE
The constructions of the palace have been constructed utilizing mud. From the doorway of the principle palace, we have now two doorways, the primary door is the place solely the king passes whereas the second door is the place his topics just like the chiefs, wives and kids go earlier than coming into the principle palace. From that very same door, they’ve an idol the place you possibly can come and pray for blessings. Contained in the palace has a room the place the Queen takes her bathtub. This room was constructed with a mini swimming pool and likewise the roof was open for rain to fall contained in the pool. Similar with the king’s rest room too however the one distinction is you can see the king taking his bathtub as a result of he’s not simply revered or seen like a king but in addition like a god. Even when consuming no person can see the king when consuming aside from his Queen who serves him dinner.
There’s this room they referred to as the ready room however as we speak we referred to as it the reception the place folks do come and look forward to the king earlier than you’re summon to come back see the king however earlier than you’re referred to as to come back see the king, their is that this idol referred to as voodoo that over see your coronary heart if possibly you may have dangerous intention or good intention or possibly planning on doing one thing dangerous to the king, it’s going to alert the king and your go to will probably be terminated.
Within the palace, it has this small hut the place an idol is named Xwedo. This idol the place the king goes each Wednesday goes for prayers particularly for cover. We have been made to know that each family in Porto Novo have Xwedo.
A graveyard the place the second to the final king whose identify is king De Toli from 9/7/1929 – 1930 was buried and I heard prior to now, if any king’s die, he will probably be buried with 3 maiden’s who routinely change into Queen. In Truth the kings don’t die slightly they journey. They journey with the three Queens that have been buried with him. These 3 Queens will serve him on his method to the journey in nice past. “I mentioned to myself if solely they know they simply wasted and killed harmless folks all within the identify of custom”
The wood couch that I noticed was a present that was given to the final king; king De Toffa, from his French good friend Charles Perron in 1899, 100 years in the past. Contained in the king’s bed room you can find a bronze Sculpture of king De Toffa. It has the identical duplicate of the king with the image I noticed hanging on the wall.
‘Salle Des Repas’ means the room of meals. That is the place the dinner room is. Solely the king and Queens are supposed to keep there to eat.
This palace is so huge that contained in the palace has leisure middle the place completely different actions of leisure is being participated by the villager’s. I believed slavery was just for Nigerians not till I noticed canon gun that was alternate by 21 male slaves or 15 feminine slaves. I used to be additionally proven some olden days cooking utensils and a few previous gadgets throughout these days just like the lamp and plenty of extra.
“Placard Des Gris- Gris” that means the facility home. That is the place the king comes to gather energy if hears the drum of conflict and there’s a workers in that shrine referred to as the workers of invitation. With out you holding that workers you aren’t allowed to enter the facility home.
It’s also possible to discover a room that appears like a cemetery the place 3 to 4 kings have been buried. Even king De Toffa’s father’s grave continues to be there until as we speak. His identify is De Sodji who dominated from 1848 to 1864.
The attention-grabbing half is the ‘Gozin’, that means “JUG”. In that palace, there may be one explicit room that has 10 jug’s. Each 10 years, 10 virgin’s will probably be chosen to choose up the jug and get recent water from a stream and the water will probably be used for purification of the land and to appease the ancestors..
Throughout this era of previous earlier than you change into the king of this kingdom. You go by some initiation for 27 days earlier than you possibly can emerge because the king.
‘Chambre Noire’ is also referred to as the darkish room. This room is present in that graveyard. No person is enable to enter the room settle for for the king who wish to commit suicide. If a king loses a battle, out of disgrace he goes and locks himself after the three days of coming into the room and he doesn’t come out, he will probably be declared de*advert.
Court docket of the folks is used for various ceremonies the place the brand new king has been elected. Additionally they have the court docket of justice and the tree of Justice. The tree of Justice is 200 years previous and nonetheless in existence until as we speak. Their jail is discovered behind the court docket.
They nonetheless have what they referred to as the sato drum. They solely beat the drum when an previous individual dies. Outdoors the palace, you will note some statues that symbolize completely different voodoo and what they symbolize. I noticed their god of fireside and thunder statue and plenty of others.
Throughout these days in the event that they wish to mark calendar of the half moon or Full Moon they barb the half hair of a slave and the go away the opposite half. As soon as the half that was barbed is roofed, there’s a full moon however as soon as the hair is half, it’s change into half moon.
What you should know!!! They don’t enable digital camera’s or ought to I say they gained’t will let you take photos contained in the palace.
Gate Payment; 1500 per head.
You have to be affected person and hearken to them right down to earth to know their bent English.
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