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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Remembering Their Ancestors' Sacrifices

From The Washington (D.C.) Post:

Thousands Gather for Voodoo Day in Benin

By VIRGILE AHISSOU
The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

OUIDAH, Benin -- Thousands gathered on a beach Tuesday to celebrate Benin's once-banned Voodoo, slaughtering animals and welcoming revelers from Brazil and the United States, including descendants of slaves who took the religion to the Americas centuries ago.

At a ceremony in the southern town of Ouidah, Voodoo high priestess Nagbo Hounon Gbeffa sacrificed a goat, a rooster and a chicken as divine offerings.

"I'm very moved," said Faith McDouglas, a 37-year-old nurse from Omaha, Neb. "I've understood many things regarding my origins, because I'm a descendant of slaves."

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