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BITS OF CULTURE - Benin
 
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Cultural Values
Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
Health Care Values
Diet
Interesting Facts
 

Languages

Official language:
French

Other languages:
Bariba
Fon
Yoruba
other local dialects

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Map



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Cultural Values
  • Voodooism and fetishism are still widely practiced and many of the associated artifacts attract and repel visitors in equal numbers.
  • Fetishes, which form an important part of Beninese craft traditions, are objects regarded with awe as the embodiment of a powerful spirit and are thought to protect believers.
  • Only priests can communicate with voodoos and spirits of the dead.
  • If you do bad and you kneel down to urinate, the voodoo on the ground will look inside you. The ground will attack you and leave a pimple on your body.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values
  • Deformed babies, breech babies, and one of two newborn twins are thought to be sorcerers in some rural area. <top>
 
Diet
  • Usually rice, foufou, cassava, yams or sweet potatoes garnished with a sauce made from peanuts, spinach or other greens, and tomatoes or plantains, cooked in palm oil.
  • Those who can afford it eat meat stews, snails, smoked goat or grilled chicken with chilli sauce.
  • Meals are washed down with a home-made millet brew (chapalo), palm wine or the national beer, la Béninoise.

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Interesting Facts

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