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As part of the fine NPR radio program series, Radio Expeditions, reporter John Burnett recently travelled to West Africa to learn about the ancient religion of Vodun, or as it is called in the West, voodoo. Unfortunately, what most people in the United States think about this religion is based on sensational (and generally totally inaccurate) accounts that one finds in various Hollywood movies or in a tourist-designed version that is hawked in many New Orleans shops. Before listening to the three-part series online, visitors will want to peruse the selection of photographs taken by the radio documentary producers during their travel through Togo and Benin, then proceed to read the background essay as well. The site also includes several video clips of the Epe Ekpe stone festival in Glidji, Togo and Equnqun spirit dancers in Cove, Benin.
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