Vodun in Benin

Video Transcript

“There are a lot of traditional beliefs and superstitions that exist in Benin, primarily southern Benin. Actually, I’m sure a lot of Americans have heard of Voodoo, and Voodoo is actually a tradition that combines Catholicism with some traditional beliefs that originally came from Benin that are called ‘Vodun.’ In southern Benin you have a lot of traditional beliefs about spirits and spirits that live in objects in the world and ancestors that are actually with you all the time. And it’s actually those beliefs that then contributed to what is now known as Voodoo.”

In this video, a Beninese expert discusses vodun in Benin.