Image: Anthony Pappone
A voodoo ritual in Togo
Animal sacrifices, black magic, hypnotic dances and strange talismans are the kind of images most people associate with Voodoo. For years, popular culture has portrayed the religion as dark, mysterious, primitive and creepy. Yet Voodoo is derived from the oldest spiritual traditions in the world and dates back at least 10,000 years. Voodoo’s mythology and rituals are complex, and it is practiced by millions of people in West Africa (where these photographs were taken), the Caribbean, Louisiana, and, in different forms, in South America.