Lomé Voodoo Market
In Lomé in Togo (West Africa) is a market that is not your usual fruits and vegetable stalls. They sell elephants’ feet, the heads of leopards, hands of chimpanzees, hearts of a horse, and any other animal part you may or may not imagine. These items are not bound for the cooking pot; these are objects of traditional medicine. Ground up and drunk, swallowed or rubbed on the skin, they are said to cure a multitude of illnesses. Traditional voodoo priests and medicine men will administer the potions. The animal parts come from all over West Africa, and so do the customers. I’m a well-travelled hardened street-wise woman, but even I found these wares for sale disturbing.
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