Benin Vacations

One of the most powerful kingdoms in French West Africa was that of Dahomey who reportedly sourced much of that power from their thunder gods and exercised it through their famous corps of female soldiers. Today, we know this former kingdom as the tiny Republic of Benin. This often overlooked nation overflows in history and culture. In the northern ... Read more
region, you’ll find wildlife in parks like Pendjari. In the south, sobering tributes and reminders of the devastation of the slave trade. The thing most visitors are curious about is something present throughout all regions here: Its thriving tradition of Voodoo.

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Fremantle, Australia
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I was really busy during my brief time here so I didn't get the best sense of the country. I did get to see how strong the belief in Voodoo is here, which was fascinating and beautiful. I also got a pretty good idea of how warped the Western idea of Voodoo is. If you're into cultural experience or have any modicum of interest in world religions, Benin should be on your "To-Do" list. There are plenty of opportunities to see the religion in its untainted form. While there may be rituals and shrines open to the visiting public, they're not put on for tourists.

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