Benin Voodoo in Ouidah and Abomey
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Benin is famous for it’s voodoo culture, something I have been looking forward to checking out for a while now. I start out in the town of Ouidah, where an annual voodoo festival is held. Wandering around I really don’t see a whole lot, and am not really interested in paying to see the house of snakes. A guided walk following in the footsteps of the slaves who were transported through here also does not peak my fancy.
The few times I take out my camera on the streets men immediately demand money from me – they insist I must pay to take photos of buildings, trees and statues. Of course when I ask the price is insane (over $10usd) and there is no receipt. Once again sick of this nonsense I leave town, having seen zero voodoo “stuff”.
A little further North Abomey is also famous for it’s voodoo culture, though unfortunately I completely miss it all as I pass through town. The place I stay does have a couple of crocodiles, for what reason I have no idea. It also has a massive collection of beautiful wood carvings and strange sculptures and statues.
I guess that will have to satisfy my voodoo curiosity because now it’s time for the next country.
This one I have been anxiously anticipating for many months.