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Zangbeto, Masks Society, Cultural Areas

Porto-novo, Benin

Zangbeto is a mask of the region of Oueme. It is responsible for unmasking thieves, thugs and foreigners likely to bring the danger in the city of Aïnnonvis (the inhabitants of Porto-Novo). It is a police mask that watches over the population and controls all the activities of the night. In goun, Zan means night and Gbeto means "man" or "hunter" according to the pronunciation. The Zangbeto is mandated by the King to ensure security and public order during the night.

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