And while the whole spectacle may seem bizarre or creepy to outsiders, Marché des Féticheurs does also hold considerable significance, acting as a means by which native traditions – and indeed local incomes – are kept going.
Image: Rob Whittaker
Marché des Féticheurs has been in Lomé in some shape or form for at least four decades, although it’s argued that the trade has actually been taking place here for over 100 years. Voodoo maintains that every single creature, alive or dead, is divine and holds power – something that may explain the sheer variety of animal parts to be found at the market.
Image: My 1st impressions
Voodoo is thought to have its roots in West Africa – in particular, having developed through the tribal faiths of those in what was once known as the kingdom of Dahomey. In the 1600s slaves taken from that area were shipped to Haiti, where voodoo came into being as a new religion incorporating powerful and overlapping elements of the different tribes’ original beliefs.