On the Beach in Benin

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This striking assemblage of folk art on the beach at Ouidah, Benin illustrates two ever-present themes of the West African experience: the terrible legacy of slavery, and the fact that nothing ever goes to waste.

The setting was the annual Voodoo Festival which, to this uninitiated viewer, looked like a massive meet-and-greet. The beach marks the point of no return from which slave ships sailed for the new world or, as the sign so eloquently puts it, the beginning and the end of history.

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One Response to On the Beach in Benin

  1. Janet says:

    Good photos and thanks to taking me back to Ouidah where our daughter served in Peace Corps as you know. Safe travels.

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