Benin Voodoo fest abounds with mysticism, modernity
Voodoo, also called “vodoun” here, can be seen throughout the streets of Ouidah. One local school proudly identifies itself by the religion. Down the dusty street on a recent day one could see the decapitated head of a monkey, wrapped around a stick, a curse someone had placed near a shrine of a three-headed man wrapped by pythons. While the curse was grotesque, in practice Voodoo generally does not resemble the images from movies and novels from the West, of zombies and possessions.