Photographer's Note

Within the city of Ouidah lies the Sacred Forest of Kpassé. There are a number of sculptures in the forest depicting various aspects of Benin's animist religion (Voodoo or Vodoun). This particular sculpture shows the Fa. Consulting the Fa is akin to having your fortune read.

The sacred forest is open to the public and for a small fee, a friendly tour guide will show you around. There is much of interest to see and an ample amount of shade to beat the heat. There is also a healthy dose of Beninese magic, the highlight of which is a 15th century King who turned himself into a tree (it still stands today).

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Additional Photos by Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 134 W: 10 N: 173] (1078)
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