June 19, 2016

2624 BENIN - Peoples of Benin and their houses

About 42 African ethnic groups live in Benin. They settled in this teritory at different times and also migrated within the country. Even if they have some common features in the way of life, because sharing the same area, there are many differences, some of them essential. For instance, in southern Benin are common the rectangular huts with sloping roofs of palm or straw thatch, along the coastal lagoons houses are often built on stilts, and in northern Benin dwellings are round, with a conical roof of thatch.

The most unusual are the ones of the Tammari people, or Batammariba, also known as Somba, are an Oti–Volta-speaking people of the Atakora Department of Benin and neighboring areas of Togo. These two-story fortified houses, known as Tata Somba (Somba house), are a symbol of the neighboring Togo, and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba, about which I wrote here.

About the stamps
The first stamp is one of a series of two issued in 2013 to mark the 100th Anniversary of President Sourou Migan Apithy. The second is one of the three issued on August 1st, 2010, with the occasion of The 50th Anniversary of Independence.

Sender: Taduvik Boukari
Sent from ??? (Benin), on 16.07.2015

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