The video footage shown here was captured in June 2013 in one of the many ethnic Ewe communities situated along the coast of southeastern Ghana and southern Togo. This brief scene shows one sequence of a much larger fetatrotro vodu ceremony, a three day celebratory festival meant to honor and venerate the vodu spirits as well as eat, drink, sing, drum, and dance along with them.
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Gorovodu is the dominant religion of the area and central to the physical and social well-being of ethnic Ewe vodu practitioners in the greater Volta region. Though ethno-pharmacological and anthropological research has focused on African medicine for quite some time...