VOODOO - BENIN
“If you want to plumb the secrets of Voodoo you’ll have to wait for the end of the world”. These are the words of a Voodoo song. Voodoo is one of the least understood religions of the world. There are fifty million believers just in West Africa alone, but few westerners understand many of its beliefs which go back thousands of years. For many, the word Voodoo is synonymous with black magic and the centre of West Africa’s slave trade – between around 1640 – 1804 some 2 million slaves were shipped to the Caribbean from here.