World’s Largest Voodoo Market

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As the largest voodoo market in the world, Akodessewa Fetish Market in Lomé, Togo may look a bit creepy for the average tourist visiting it, but is certainly a haven for voodoo practitioners. For what may look like severed like crocodile heads, chimpanzee hands, cobras and bones, are actually all fetishes, or talismans: objects infused with the power of the divine that are used to heal and protect. They are often ground up and used to make powders and potions that are either ingested or applied to the body, with the hopes of to curing one’s ailments, or to gain potency, strength, or influence.

Voodoo is a widely practiced religion in many parts of Africa, particularly in Togo, Ghana, and Benin, where it is estimated that up to 30 million people in the region believe that the physical world and the unseen world are intertwined.

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