The Batammariba are a population of incredible builders, their fortified houses have been declared World Heritage by Unesco.

These fortresses of mud, branches and straw have been able to withstand the incursions of neighboring populations, the attacks of the reign of Dahomey that was hunting prisoners to be sold as slaves, and even attempts to subjugate by the first European colonizers.

The Batammariba are an animistic population who disseminates the villages and their houses of fetishes, amulets, and altars.

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