The sea, the lagoon, the rivers. Water dominates in the south with its flat relief, while the rocks of the Atakora form a chain of small mountains in the north, a region with a dry climate. The diversity of the landscapes is superimposed on the diversity of the landscapes by ethnic and cultural diversity. The return of the "Brazilians", freed slaves, has highlighted a certain capacity for adaptation, and the phenomenon of mixing is found elsewhere.
The cradle of voodoo :
Voodoo is the traditional religion of the Adja-fon and Yoruba communities. Whether Catholic or Muslim, all Beninese remain voodoo followers. Born in West Africa, it was then exported by slaves to South and Central America (Caribbean, Brazil, Haiti). And it is especially in Benin that you will be able to get a closer look at this mysterious cult, especially in the villages bordering Lake Ahémé.
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