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10 places to visit in the spooky season

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 22, 2014, 2 p.m.
Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo

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Akodessewa Fetish Market, Togo

Voodoo originated in West Africa, and today Lomé, Togo is home to one of the world's largest voodoo fetish markets. Like other forms of traditional animism, voodoo revolves around rituals that utilize various potions, bones, animal parts and statues. The Akodessewa Fetish Market is like a shopping mall for all your voodoo ritual needs. The huge stacks of animal skulls and heads are what spook many outsiders. There are also herbs, statues and an array of charms and talismans.

Voodoo is a mainstream religion in Togo and neighboring Benin. Even people who practice other religions merge voodoo traditions with their faith's teachings. Since Akodessewa is located near the center of Lomé, it draws many tourists as well as people who actually make purchases.