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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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