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Angkor and Benin used to be powerful countries during their time.
Angkor’s religion in the 9 th to 12 th century was based on Hinduism and by the end of the 12 th century it converted to Buddhism.
By mid-13 th century, Angkor’s religion converted back to Hinduism.
Angkor Wat is actually one building in an enormous city built by the Khmer in the area. The Khmers, the ancestors to the modern day Cambodians, were at their peak between the 8th and 15th century AD. Angkor Wat was built as a Hindu temple, but the Khmer Empire vacillated between Buddhism and Hinduism, so there are elements of both religions in the ruins.
Angkor Wat is presented as the palladium of the Khmer Kingdom in its appearance on the national flag,
Benin’s religion populates as follows: 23 percent Christianity, 15 percent Islamic, and 61 percent believe in Tribal Beliefs.
The present-day oba of Benin traces the founding of his dynasty to A.D. 1300. In the late 1400s, a flourishing and wealthy royal court was in place, with a palace harboring a vast compound where metalsmiths, carvers and others created objects for the king and his court. The casting of brass was an art controlled by the king himself; anyone found casting brass without royal permission faced execution.
The Edo (are the people of Benin) associated brass, which resists corrosion, with the permanence and continuity of kingship. Fundamental to Edo belief, as well, was the veneration of ancestors, whose spirits were thought to protect the living. Cast commemorative heads of deceased kings were displayed on altars at numerous shrines in the royal palace.
Reference Facts About the Republic of Benin: Official Document. (n.d.). Retrieved May 15, 2015, from http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Country_Specific/benin_EDoc.html
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