Benin: Land of fetishes and spirits and lions and leopards
Benin’s annual Voodoo Festival celebrates both its dominant belief system and the rich and complex history of this small West African nation. Carved out of land between Togo and Nigeria it’s a country of breath taking natural beauty. From palm fringed beaches to Parc National de la Pendjari jungles. It is a country of fetishes and spirits and lions and leopards. It’s a country waiting to greet you with a smile.
The Ancien Pont Bridge in Cotonou with the city in the background. (Image: Shubert Ciencia, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Benin’s Foret Sacree de Kpasse at Ouidah, repository for the country’s most important voodoo fetishes. (Image: David Stanley, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Benin is voodoo country, it’s a society driven by ancient natural rhythms. (Image: David Stanley, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
Voodoo guides life in Benin. The way Beninese relate to the world around them is directed by their naturalist belief system. (Image: jbdodane, CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)