Coat of Arms

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The House of de Souza

The coat of arms of the House of de Souza is placed in the centre of an elephant with trunk raised and wearing the crown of the Kingdom of Dahomey, flanked on either side by a baobab tree. At the base of the shield are an olive branch and a cowrie shell.

The elephant symbolizes power and wisdom, while the baobab trees represent strength, vitality, and longevity, and thus the continuity of the House of de Souza through the ages. The olive branch signifies universal peace and refers to the good relationship that has always existed between the kingdom of Abomey, the Chacha and the Seigneury of Ouidah, while the cowrie shell symbolizes wealth.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Insignia and Flag

On the day of each Chacha’s installation on the throne, an insignia is conferred on him by the House of de Souza to mark the beginning of his reign and to acknowledge the transfer of power. The insignia of Chacha IX has a shield bearing the Roman numeral nine, indicating that he is the ninth legitimate successor of Don Francisco Félix de Souza, Chacha I. The number supports the crown of the Kingdom of Dahomey, and at the base of the insignia is the cowrie shell, symbolizing the wealth of the Chiefdom of Ouidah and of the de Souza family.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]