There is a country in western Africa where the sea has a voice
and tells charming stories about kings and princesses, gods and
wizards, strange creatures and living dead. The waters of exotic
shores flow together with the tears of thousands of slaves who saw
that land as their last home before they crossed the Atlantic. The
journalists refer to it as one of the most stable democracies in
Africa. It is a country both fascinating and frightening, because
in fact it is the country of Voodoo.
The Voodoo is one of the oldest religions on earth and has its deepest roots here in Benin. Those who put their faith in it believe that everything around us is inhabited by spirits and they don't really care if we divide our world into animate and inanimate. Here everything is linked to an invisible spiritual grid through which everything and everyone exists and communicates with each other.
The voodoo that we know or at least have heard about with the spiritual existences, the dark deities, the mysterious symbolisms and the bloody sacrifices
offered to unearthly forces that rule the world seems complicated, barbarous and obscure in our western eyes. Anyway, let's leave back the loads of our world and rejoice in the charm of this parallel and equally true world. How? Just by travelling to Benin!