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    Posted June 23, 2013 by
    LLCoolJew
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    Togo
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    The Africa we don't see

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    Shopping for Voodoo in Togo

     

    While traveling though the West African nation of Togo, I paid a rather memorable visit to a voodoo market in the capital city of Lome'. The official name of this grisly bazaar is the Marche' des Fetiches (Market of fetishes), which sells objects and ingredients that are perceived to have magical powers. 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.

    The items available for purchase, like severed animal heads, organs, bones and teeth, are often ground up and used to make powders and potions. These ominous mixtures are either ingested or applied to the body, with the hopes of to curing one's ailments, or to gain potency, strength, or influence.

     

    While at the market, I was invited to go inside a church to meet with the witch doctor so that he could give me a potion to bring luck or love. I looked around at the piles of  dried snakes and mummified monkey heads. No one could believe it when I decided to pass.

     

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