5 Interesting Facts About Voodoo In Benin

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A Voodoo priest in Benin//Image via Trekkblog


Voodoo is not as bad as we all see it as according to people who practice it. It’s not always killing someone and whispering incantations over a doll. It involves traditional medicine healing and more…it’s not always dark.

Benin is trending and is quite popular for all its spiritual dealings and well…they’re not wrong. Benin is considered the home of Voodoo which is also spelt as Vodon, Vodoun, Vodou or Voudou.

Fun fact, the word Voodoo actually originated from Benin even though they say it as Vodoun. Its origin is linked with the Fon people located in Southern Benin and it means spiritual entity.

Benin - Voodoo Festival — The Trek Blog
Voodoo priests during a festival in benin. Image via trek

Voodoo is recognised as an Official religion in Benin.

There are Muslims and Christians with Catholics being the most ‘popular’ form of Christianity but a majority of the population still practise voodoo and there are even more who practice side by side with Christianity and Islam.

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Zangbeto known as the guardians of the night. They dance around but when raised, there is nothing underneath it. Image via thetrekblog

Voodoo Public Holiday

There’s a special holiday for Voodoo and it’s a public holiday celebrated on the 10th of January every year with lots of drumming, dancing much like most traditional festivals.

Masked Egunguns wander the streets of Ouidah during the annual Voodoo festival in Benin//via Ingurvandyke

Voodoo Markets

There’s also a Voodoo Market where you can get anything from dried Pigs penis to crocodile snouts… anything at all, all dried up and ready to use.

Voodoo market of Benin - Unusual Traveler
a stand at the Voodoo market in Benin. Image via UnusualTraveller

Python Temple

There’s a python temple which a travel blog (happydaystravelblog) describes as being opposite a Catholic Church.

The temple is home to about forty-something pythons. These pythons are worshipped and referred to as Royal Pythons and are considered harmless. At night, the doors are open for the Pythons to slither out if they want to. When you find one in your home, you welcome it as a guest and feed it. Killing it accidentally or deliberately will result in death unless you go to the shrine to be cleansed and for the Python to be given a befitting burial.

The Temple of Python in Ouidah | UNSEEN BENIN
Outside the temple of Pythons in Ouidah via Unseen Benin blog

See Also: All The Hilarious Jokes About Going To Benin To Get Rich

Sources: BBC//Wanderlust//HappyTravelsBlog

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