Africa vodun

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Vodun is an ancient religion practiced some people in the West African nations of Benin, Togo and Ghana. With its countless deities, animal sacrificeand spirit possession, voodoo as it's known to the rest of the world
West Africa was once known as the Slave Coast, because it was at the center ofthe transatlantic slave trade for centuries. African slaves brought voodoo with them to plantations in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba and Louisiana.
The ritualsof voodoo are learning secret, sacred languages, dances and diets are part of the initiation for voodoo priests. Central to the belief is offerings tothe gods, in the form of animal sacrifices.

A key element of the religion is veneration of the spirits of ancestors. The voodoo worshippers makesome accessories for that an example is the market of Lome, Togo's capital, merchants sell the basics of life and that includes voodoo talismans known as"fetishes." They could be elaborate statues representing voodoo gods, or even dried animal heads and other animal parts, sold for medicine and theirspiritual power.

There is a dark side to voodoo. Sorcerers called botono, and that "dark side" of voodoo is similar to the concept of heaven and hellin Western religious tradition , but the main of make the point of manifest the darkness, is that in that way the goodness can overwhelm it. And withthat strength more the ideological ideas.

http://www.galleryvodun.com/index.html
http://www.npr.org/programs/re/archivesdate/2004/feb/voodoo/
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