Benin

A Voodoo country

There are traces of this religion throughout the country that accompany the daily actions of the southern populations. In the north, ethnic groups such as the Somba have beautiful fortified houses, and practice strict initiation rites. Unforgettable: Ganvie, town with houses built on stilts.

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Festivals and cultural events

In January a great annual Voodoo festival in Ouidah opens a long series of festivals held in the country. Mask dances, such as Egun, Guèlèdè, Zangbeto, animate the lives of the people. Periodically, the initiation rites introduce the young Taneka and Somba people into the adult world.

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