Visiting Togo’s Voodoo Market May Just Make You Lose Your Lunch

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Hollywood has also had its way with voodoo, presenting it – erroneously – as full of nightmarish rituals such as the pressing of pins into wax figurines. In reality, though, African voodoo, or “vodun,” is an all-encompassing way of life that combines dance, art, culture and philosophy.

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Vodun’s supreme deity is Mahou, but there are also approximately 100 other gods representing everything from war to healing. It is to these divinities that the religion’s priests ask for assistance – sometimes by sacrificing animals. Indeed, spirit worship is integral to the faith, whether one considers the all-powerful gods controlling some of the most awe-inspiring aspects of nature, or humbler deities that followers believe reside in organic features like bodies of water.

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