The Akodessewa Fetish Market, or Marche des Feticheurs, is a place where you can find anything from leopard heads and human skulls to Vodou voodoo priests who bless and create fetishes or predict the future and make medicines to heal whatever ails you. Although the market is owned and run by Beninese. The Akodessewa Fetish Market is a mecca to local practitioners and they travel there from all over the African continent. Many believers view the Marche des Feticheurs as a kind of hospital or pharmacy — it is the place you go when you either cannot afford traditional treatment or traditional treatment has failed you. Here you can find talismans and charms good for treating everything from the flu or infertility to removing the blackest of curses. In the practice of Voodoo every single creature is potent and divine, whether alive or dead, and in the Akodessewa Fetish Market you may find them all — monkeys, alligators, goats, leopards, gazelles, and many, many more — in various stages of decay and stacked up in macabre piles for blocks.
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So if you wanna witness and understand the real voodoo, head to these three towns that started and preserved the religion:. You might even see a huge building in a sandy beach that you might mistake as a sports stadium but actually a Voodoo stadium where the annual Voodoo festival besides the main fest in Ouidah is held. Head to Ouidah, the birthplace of Voodoo, which is just nearby the sandy beaches of Grand Popo. Visits on weekends are highly recommended if you want to see Voodoo ceremonies that includes dancing and prayer chanting. Besides the python visits, Ouidah is known to be the city where the main Voodoo festival is held.