West African voodoo – known as vodun – is enjoying a revival in Benin, its place of birth. Messie Boko, a tourist guide, in a vodun square in Porto-Novo, Benin. Photo: Yanick Folly/AFP

Voodoo makes a welcome comeback in its home, Benin, after centuries of repression and misrepresentation

  • Suppressed during colonial times and demonised by Catholic missionaries, West African voodoo – or vodun – is finally having its day
  • Vodun squares, built in the 16th and 17th centuries in the capital Porto-Novo, are being renovated with grants from a town near Paris
Topic |   Tourism
West African voodoo – known as vodun – is enjoying a revival in Benin, its place of birth. Messie Boko, a tourist guide, in a vodun square in Porto-Novo, Benin. Photo: Yanick Folly/AFP
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