Benin photographer captures spell around a lens

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COTONOU, BENIN (Reuters) – Hundreds of Beninois noted National Voodoo Day, celebrating a once-banned sacrament on Wednesday with a array of ceremonies opposite a country.

Voodoo is an ancient faith complement used by some-more than 65 percent Benin’s 7 million people and by millions in adjacent Nigeria, Togo and Ghana.

In Benin’s collateral Cotonou, photographer Charles Placide Tossou noted a day with an muster of his latest work, featuring photographs of spell supporters holding partial in ceremonies where they dance, play drums and animals are slaughtered as a scapegoat to a gods.

“When we speak about voodoo, everybody sees a disastrous side of this internal culture. But we deserted that, there is something some-more artistic about it that many people are not saying since not everybody participates and gets a possibility to see it adult close,” he said.

Voodoo is estimated to be some-more than 500 years aged and centered on a ceremony of a operation of gods and spirits.

It is now a central sacrament of Benin notwithstanding a critique and tarnish trustworthy to it. Voodoo was criminialized by Mathieu Kerekou after he came to energy in 1972 around a troops coup, though his inaugurated inheritor Nicephore Soglo carried a anathema in a early 1990s.

Central to Voodoo is a faith in scapegoat and normal medicines as a approach to reanimate ailments and assistance worshippers get closer to sprits and a afterworld.

Reporting and essay by Reuters TV; Editing by Mark Hanrahan and Hugh Lawson in London

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