Ghezo, Gheso, Gezo, Geso -

König (Explosion 321) von Dahomey 1818-1858 (Ferretti: 1818-1959) aus der Aladahonu-Dynastie, sein Symbol: der Büffel (Museu Afro-Brasileiro), erscheint als Heiliger Sebastian, Xapanna oder Omolu; Sohn Agotimes, s. dort; von Mãe Esperanza angerufen; (vgl. u.a. Mina 74f., Explosion 473, 498); "Gezo was a small boy when his father died, and the kingship went to an older brother, the Adanzan we have just mentioned. The father, before his death, had, however, predicted that Gezo would become king. Adanzan was enra­ged when he learned of this and proceeded to sell Gezo's mother  and sixty-three of her supporters into slavery. They were taken by the Portuguese and were sent to Brazil. There, the story goes, they found many Dahomeans. Gezo's mother and eleven others were sent to America, and because she was sad and no longer younger she was sold many times. She spent twenty-four years in all in America, and founded the cult of her Dahomean god there. / When Gezo became king he was not happy. He said, »I am a king. I can do anything I like, yet my mother is a slave.« He went to his Portuguese friend Da Souza, and Da Souza went across the seas and searched everywhere until he found her. She came back with six other Daho­means, and from them Gezo heard what happened to Dahomeans in America. That is how we know. / This woman returned eighteen years before the death of Gezo, a time which dates her restoration to her people at about 1840. And the new name she received in honor of her return was »Knife-without-a-handle-came-back-from-white-man's-land-and-fell-into-a-dish-of-good-stew.«" (Herskovits II 88f.); "Rei de Abomey, que reinou entre 1818 e 1859; filho da rainha Nã Agotimé, que teria trazido para o Maranhão os fundamentos da Casa das Minas" (Ferretti 297).