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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.

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Depiction of the slave walk in Ouidah

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The entrance to the house of snakes in Ouidah

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”.

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Boys on the street in Ouidah

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.

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For some reason, this place has crocs. No idea why

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Double sided

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Ladies with babies are always prominent in African carving

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I have loved giraffes since I was a little kid

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Looks angry at life

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.


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