Cotonou Benin Culture
Voodoo is the official religion of Benin, but only in one country of the world. Vodun or voodoo, an indigenous spirituality, is practiced in almost all parts of the country, where shrines can be found in every town, town, village and village centre.
A small but influential Hausa population, largely responsible for bringing Islam to Togo. The Bariba, or more correctly the Baatombu, were known as the inhabitants of the pre-colonial kingdom of Borgu, which also extended as far as Nigeria. A small - well-known extension of this is the Batammariba people of Togo culture, or as they are called, the Tata, which they use. They came from Nigeria and settled on the south-eastern border of our country and are related to the local population.
When Portuguese explorers arrived in the area in 1485, they found the city of Benin as organised as any other city in Europe. It is believed that the Vodun, commonly known as the Goun ethnic group of South West Africa or the Ivory Coast, originated in Benin and were imported from Brazil by slaves from a particular area of the slave coast. The West African Kardashian is also a popular costume of Benin, a colourful man's dress that covers the upper half of the body. In the Goun, an ethnic group of north-south Benin, the umbilical cord is called kukan (line cord) or death cord.
Today, the Yoruba, an ethnic group from Nigeria that speaks Yorubas as its language, are part of the coastal population, and about 50 other African languages and dialects are spoken in the country. Surprisingly, some of these languages are also spoken outside of this country, such as Aba, a language of South East Africa, spoken south of Benin. In the south it is spoken by the Goun and other ethnic groups from the north - west and south - east.
In the north of Benin, the Abomey Palace is home to the powerful, phono-speaking Dahomesy king, who was an enemy of Porto - Novo Yoruba. During the pre-colonial period, Dahomei was the most powerful kingdom on the slave coast, stretching from the Bay of Benin to Lagos. During his rule, the 18th and 19th centuries flourished, and in 1975 the name DahOMEy was changed to Côte d'Ivoire, named after the waters on which the land is located. In 1990 it changed its name to Republic of Benin, but has since been changed back to its original name.
The Bay of Benin is a body of water in the south and Ben in the north, with a latitude between 6º 30 n and 12º 30. N. N., London. Benin borders on Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and the Republic of Ghana.
Benin's altitude is roughly the same as that of the entire country, but stretches from north to south, east to west, west to east and south to north. To the north is the manic Cotonou, the largest city and the economic centre of the country. The capital, Porto Novo, is home to a large number of small towns and villages, of which the Ivory Coast is a prime example. The highest rainfall is in central Benin, with 135 cm (53%) and remains high in the south (38%), while rainfall, lower than in the southern and western parts of Beni (35% and 30% respectively), decreases as one moves further north.
Benin is a long and narrow country wedged between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, with a short coastline to the south that leads to the Bay of Benin. It borders Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria and is home to a large number of protected species such as chimpanzees, gorillas, elephants, leopards, rhinos, macaque monkeys, hippos and other animal species, as well as some of the world's largest and most important protected wildlife reserves, the Cote d'Ivoire National Park. In addition to its border with Ivory Coast, it also borders Cameroon, which borders the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Togolese Republic (DR Congo), as well as some other countries.
Benin alone is worth a visit, and there is an extremely punctual and reliable bus system that commutes between the major cities of Benin on average every day. There is a train service that runs halfway through the country from Parakou to Cotonou, running twice a day, seven days a week, every day of the week. The operator sells a wide range of local, regional and international tickets, as well as tickets to and from other countries in the region to Ben in and from Benin.
Cotonou's main tourist attractions, such as the Benin National Museum, the National Library and its art galleries, which are home to a wide range of works by local and international artists as well as foreign artists.
Benin's voodoo culture is one of the most important aspects of Cotonou's cultural heritage and is very much alive in the city itself, where the religion was born. Like its neighbour, Ben inbebe is a long-standing centre of cultural and religious activity with a rich history and strong tradition of religious practice.