Friday, February 15, 2013

Voodoo Fetish Market, Africa’s Voodoo Supermarket

In the heart of Togo's capital, Lome, is a market dedicated to the sale of ingredients which traditional healers say can make magic charms.

Togo’s Akodessewa Fetish Market is recognized as the largest fetish market in the world, a place where Voodoo practitioner can find anything they need for their rituals.

The practice of voodoo began in West Africa, before being taken to America by slaves, and in countries like Togo, Ghana, or Nigeria the religion is very much alive. Many people believe healers using animal parts and strange talismans can invoke spirits with their bizarre rituals, and solve their problems. And if there’s one place where voodoo priests can stock up on their creepy supplies, it’s the Akodessewa Fetish Market, in Togo’s capital city, Lome. Just think of it as an outdoor pharmacy where various animal parts, bone statues and herbs take the place of conventional medicine.

Voodoo Market Togo

People who practise the voodoo tradition believe that life derives from the natural forces of earth, water, fire and air. Joseph, a healer from neighbouring Benin, says: "This place is like a pharmacy for everybody in the world. When someone has a serious sickness and the hospital cannot help, they come here to the fetish market."

In the Togo’s capital, Lome, is strange market offering voodoo supplies and ingredients that helps in traditional healing. People who practice voodoo in Togo, believe that healing and life comes from natural elements earth, water, fire and air. Even the pictures bellow are disturbing for the most of us, people in Lome comes at this specific place for medicines when doctors and hospital can’t help. The market itself features all kind of animal heads; crocodiles, all kind of cats and monkeys, birds, snakes, chameleons and much others. Good news is that the animals are not hurt or killed, instead salesman’s collect parts of dead animals and then sell them to people who need help. The marketers in the Togo’s capital claim they are able to heal Fertility, all kind of illnesses, to keep houses safe, even to help people in sports to get luck . As mush we are concerned, voodoo is black magic and we don’t encourage anybody to try it…

Voodoo Fetish Market, Africa’s Voodoo Supermarket

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