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The Roots of Voodoo
Ouidah - African Slave Port
Some of the captives and the descendants of captives sent from this part of Africa to Haiti ended up in New Orleans after the slave revolt there which began in 1791 and ran until the French retook the island (then called Saint-Dominque) 1804.
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the 17th to 19th centuries, millions of African people were sold
slavery, transported on ships
to the Americas. With them came
including Voudun, which we now
know as voodoo.
Its roots are in the Dahomey kingdom
on the West Coast of Africa, now
the country of Benin.
In todays episode, I
travel to Benins
port city of Ouidah,
one of the most important slave trade ports,
a center of the Vodoun religion.
We visit the Temple of Pythons
and learn about Voudun religious practices, and witness some of the
most important sites in the history of the slave trade.
along a beach that was the single most highly-trafficked embarkation
point for West African slaves headed over the Atlantic to the Americas.
One million people were forced on to ships here, many transported to
Haiti and Brazil, where Voudun transmuted into voodoo and Candomblé.
called this region the Slave Coast. Ouidah's residents today call the
former boarding platform on this otherwise idyllic beach the Gate of No
Return. -- XJ
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