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Nigerian Yaruba dressed as voodoo spirits perform during a voodoo ceremony in Ouidah, Benin. Each spirit represents the reincarnation of a dead member of the Nigerian Nagu clan Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Benin's Mysterious Voodoo Religion Is Celebrated In Its Annual Festival Nigerian Yaruba dressed as voodoo spirits perform during a voodoo ceremony in Ouidah, Benin. Each spirit represents the reincarnation of a dead member of the Nigerian Nagu clan.

Through the Lens: Benin, Africa

Let's start the week off with a lvisual journey to the tiny nation of Benin.

Voodoo 'spirits' perform at a ceremony in Ouidah, Benin

Benin: Benin's Mysterious Voodoo Religion Is Celebrated In Its Annual Festival

Egunguns in Cové, Benin.  Egungun' is a Yoruba word and means: 'the souls of the dead who have returned to earth for a short time to pass on specific advice to the living'.

Egunguns in Cové, Benin. Egungun' is a Yoruba word and means: 'the Immortal Souls of the "Dead" who have Returned to Earth for a short time to pass on specific advice to the living'.

More sensational masquerade costumes of West Africa, photos by Phyllis Galembo

endilletante: Maske de Phyllis Galembo, Editor Chris Boot Ld, Ano’s women masquerade, Nigeria,

ceremonial manifestation of an egun - a voodoo ancestor spirit. benin.

Portrait of manifestation of an Egun - a voodoo ancestor spirit in Sakete, Benin, West Africa, 2005 by Toby Adamson/Axiom

Somba people - Benin

This is a village in Benin, complete wit traditional huts made bye the inhabitants. It's very popular in West African culture to build your own home.

Ganvié, stilt village

*Ganvie is a lake village in Benin, lying in Lake Nokoué, near Cotonou.

Africa | A Egungun spirit from the Nigerian Yoruba clan, stands during a voodoo ceremony. The Egungun are masqueraded dancers that represents the ancestral spirits of the Yoruba, a Nigerian ethnic group, and are believed to visit earth to possess and give guidance to the living. Eyewitness:  Voodoo style, Ouidah, Benin. | © Dan Kitwood

Benin voodoo festival - in pictures

A Egungun spirit from the Nigerian Yoruba clan, masqueraded dancers that represents the ancestral spirits, believed to visit earth to possess and give guidance to the living, Benin's voodoo festival photo: Dan Kitwood

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