This week in History we have been learning about Africa – Benin (AD 900 – 1300). The Kingdom of Benin began to develop in the 900s.The kingdom was started by the Edo people and was known as Igodomigodo. It was ruled by a series of kings known as Ogisos, which means ‘Rulers of the sky’.

Ancient Benin is not the same as the country that is called Benin today. Ancient Benin was part of an area that is now south-west Nigeria. The name Benin came from Portugese traders, who started trading with the kingdom in 1489.

Masks were used in religious ceremonies and represented a link to the spirit world. In class we have looked at different designs of masks. We created our own wooden masks by drawing our designs then carving the patterns into the wood.

Have a lovely weekend,

Love everyone in Pine Tree Class 🙂