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D'you do Voodoo? Yatenga  Burkina Faso
The Virtually Unknown National Park in Angola - Kissama Yatenga  Burkina Faso
The Things They Carry Yatenga  Burkina Faso
Drinks on the beach at sunset. Yatenga  Burkina Faso
D'you do Voodoo? Yatenga  Burkina Faso
The Virtually Unknown National Park in Angola - Kissama Yatenga  Burkina Faso
The Things They Carry Yatenga  Burkina Faso
Drinks on the beach at sunset. Yatenga  Burkina Faso
D'you do Voodoo?
D’you do voodoo? Sounds like the start of a kids limerick, but its a rough approximation of what I found myself asking in the small village of Grand Popo in Benin, West Africa.

Voodoo or Voudon, is the state religion on Benin and neighbouring Togo, and I was hopeful of tracking down a genuine, non tourist focused ceremony.

It became apparent that I needed to talk to what the locals called ‘voodoo people’. I asked around but drew a blank. Unusual for a country where the majority of the population are adepts of the voodoo ‘god’ Baron Samedi.

I was giving up hope as I walked along the wind swept beach of Grand Popo in the late afternoon. Then I saw a wizened man observing me from the battered seat of an ancient Chinese motorbike. His name was Gaston. “You want to see Voodoo?” he questioned, removing his shades to reveal bloodshot eyes. I nodded. “Meet me here at 5”.
He turned and chugged away up the bumpy sand road.

To be continued...

The Virtually Unknown National Park in Angola - Kissama
Angola's national park, called Parque Nacional do Quiçama (in Portuguese) is also the site of a modern day Noah's Arc story.

The Things They Carry
On the street, bazaar, Louga, Senegal

Drinks on the beach at sunset.
There's nothing more relaxing than having a Star pale lager and good conversation on the beach. I met many Sierra Leoneans and (surprisingly) Americans. I would go back to that cabana in a heartbeat.

West Africa