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The Voodoo Day: Benin welcomes magicians from all over the world

11.01.2004
 

Thousands worshippers of mystical African cults have gathered together from all over the world in Benin, where a national holiday – Voodoo Day – is being celebrated on the 10th of January.

Pilgrims from the USA, Brazil, island states of Caribbean sea, many other countries, gathered in an unofficial voodoo religion capital, small town Uida.

They will make sacrifices to various gods, will participate in mystical ritual and pray respected shamans for help.

Magicians of the world would be able to buy various secret medicines and ingredients for magical rituals and healing at the world’s largest market of the sort. Voodoistham offers a great assortment of ritual voodoo dolls, dried animal body parts and bones, other unusual and sometimes shocking things.

About 80 percent of the Benin population are animists and voodooists. In 1993 Benin President of that time, Nicephore Soglo did proclaim a Voodoo Day a national holiday.

“Voodoo” means “spirit” in languages of ancient Dagomea (modern Benin and several other Western Africa states). This religion is characterised first of all by the faith in good and evil spirits which populate the world, and which influence people’s health and life in general.

The exact time of this religion’s appearance is not known. The roots of voodoo hide in traditional faith of Dagomea nations. Some researchers believe that the religion emerged when those cults were mixed with Catholic ceremonies. Later slaves exported from Dagomea spread voodoo religion all over the world.

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