What’s in store: Potions, spells & human remains.
Best Buy: Voodoo love potion
Best Avoided: Cast iron penises
What’s it worth: Imports of fetish items can reach several hundred US dollars
Fetish Temples in Benin
Benin, a small country just west of Nigeria and south of Niger is a land of sleepy lagoons and bold mountainous plateaux. The town of Abomey hosts the intriguingly named Fetish Temple,and as many of the population practice the ancient art of Voodoo, it’s not suprising that much of the markets specialise in dark magic, voodoo and fetishism.
Fetish Market in Togo
Akodessewas in Togo is the world’s largest fetish market with an array of sorcerers potions, monkey skulls, crocodile skins, porcupine skins, monkey skulls, wart hogs teeth…. in fact locals say you can buy anything from here, even human remains. It’s where to buy everything forVoodoo – amulet, potions and magic. It is said you can cure any ailment using Voodoo, from illness to impotence and ugliness. The people of Togo believe that spirits are everywhere and participate in sacrifices, take care not to tread on the sacred soil outside of their houses which may contain the rements of last night’s animal sacrifice or food offering.
Fetish items include witchcraft and the sexual; a cast iron penis “for sexual performance improvement” retails at around $250 to import to the western world. For the more romantic visitor, you can buy traditional love potions.
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Main image: Akodessewa marché des féticheurs where Vodun (voodoo) fetishes, dolls and charms are sold to believers in order to convince the spirits to help them. – Lomé Togo, Dan Sloan, Flickr Creative Commons