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FEMALE FORCE Black Panther ‘was inspired by a real life all-woman army in Africa chosen for their incredible ability to beat up blokes’


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FEMALE FORCE Black Panther ‘was inspired by a real life all-woman army in Africa chosen for their incredible ability to beat up blokes’

Fans are convinced the film’s Dora Milaje warriors are based on the all-female regiment Ahosi of Dahomey

BLACK Panther has been dubbed the superhero blockbuster of the year – and it’s got fans talking about what could have inspired the captivating script.

Many are convinced the film’s Dora Milaje warriors are based on a real life all-woman army in Africa, known as the Ahosi of Dahomey, or the “Dahomey Amazons”.

The all-female military regiment, created by King Houegbadja in the 19th century, were chosen for their incredible ability to fight men.

Often recruited as virgin teenagers, the fierce women would live in the royal palace in what was then the kingdom of Dahomey – now known as the modern day Republic of Benin.

They called themselves N’Nonmiton, which means “our mothers” and dedicated their efforts to weapons training, protecting the king on the bloodiest battlefields.

The women made up different units, each with its own battle songs, and were allegedly equipped with Danish guns and their own uniform.

In later years, they were apparently armed with Winchester rifles, clubs and knives and swift decapitation became their trademark.

Dahomey women were trained to be strong, fast, ruthless and fought to the death, according to reports.

Training exercises resembled a form of gymnastics, including jumping over walls covered with thorny acacia branches and being sent on 10-day “Hunger Games-style” expeditions in the jungle with only a machete.

They also learnt survival skills and insensitivity training, with one initiation test involving seeing whether the women were merciless enough to throw bound human prisoners of war to their deaths from a fatal height.

 Black Panther is based on the Marvel superhero character of the same name - also known as T'Challa, king and protector of the fictional African nation called Wakanda

The women  weren’t allowed to marry or have children, as by joining the regiment they were legally married to the king.

Some of the women had became soldiers by their own volition, while others were enrolled by husbands who complained they couldn’t control their “unruly” wives.

Reports suggest there were between 1,000 and 6,000 members before the regiment was disbanded in the 20th century as part of French colonial expansion.

The fictional Dora Milaje made their first appearance in 1998’s Black Panther No. 1 – ….

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