Dahomey, one of the smallest African nations, relies mainly on her agricultural production for economic survival.
GV PAN palm trees to religious leader and crowd
CU Baskets on heads of group
MV Religious leader PAN TO group
SV PAN Religious leader blessing land (2 shots)
SV Palm tree
MV Religious leader and followers leaving grove
MV Dancer wearing dummy ostrich (2 shots)
MV Women dancers
CU Man singing
CU & SV dancers (2 shots)
MV Man in shaggy costume
LV & CU Man in costume dancing (3 shots)
SLV Crowd TILT DOWN to women dancers
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Background: Dahomey, one of the smallest African nations, relies mainly on her agricultural production for economic survival. Each year the farmers gather in one of the largest of the palm tree groves to witness the blessing of the crop ceremony.
Dahomey earns some 50 million pounds a year from her production of palm kernels, nuts and oil which make up eighty per cent of the country's exports.
To help the industry, the Government has made load funds available to farmers who have organised themselves into co-operatives.
Annually, the farmers gather to witness a Priest cast blessed waters on the ground. After the solemn ceremony the community gathers for house of traditional dancing and singing.
Dahomey's economy is almost totally dependent on agriculture. Investigations so far have found no workable mineral deposits and as a result road making is at a minimum. The government hopes that by concentrating its spending on the cultivation of the land, the economy will be improved to such a stage where money can be used to buy the necessary materials to start a massive road laying programme.