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Benin: discovering the men of the night, the “Zangbeto”.

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Zangbeto is the only mask from Benin. Like "Egungun" and "Guèlèdè", it is also one of the secret societies. In Porto-Novo, where he left from, he was more precisely the king's police officer, in charge of ensuring the public security of the city during the night.

Zangbeto is the only mask from Benin. Like “Egungun” and “Guèlèdè”, it is also one of the secret societies. In Porto-Novo, where he left from, he was more precisely the king’s police officer, in charge of ensuring the public security of the city during the night.

In Fon, “zangbeto” means “night hunter” or “night watchman” (Zan = Night, Gbeto = hunter and/or watchman). It represents the non-human spirits, the forces of nature and night that inhabited the earth before man.

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