The Haunting Scene At The World’s Largest Charm Market In Africa

Located in the center of Togo's capital Lome, the Akodessewa Fetish Market sells enough amulets to help the priests perform their rituals.
The haunting scene at the world's largest charm market in Africa
Located right in the middle of Togo's capital Lome (West African country), Akodessewa Fetish is the largest market selling wormwood charms in the world. Here, people sell all the necessary supplies for worshiping and superstitious rituals.
Instead of selling food and clothing, Akodessewa Fetish Market sells animal bones and some common herbs. In the market, signs were scattered

. Goods are displayed on dirty, dust-covered wooden tables.
They dry many parts of animals such as cats, leopards, tigers, antelopes, vultures, bats and snakes, hang them from wooden posts or lay them on tables, on the ground. To visitors from afar, the market looked deserted and intimidating

In fact, the animals in the market come from elsewhere such as Ghana, Burkina Faso, Benin or Nigeria.

The Haunting Scene At The World's Largest Charm Market In Africa

Local people do not kill the animals themselves.
At Akodessewa Fetish, a person from the village of Voodoo will take visitors around the market before deciding what to buy. Visitors can bargain freely and do not worry about being scolded or catching the uncomfortable attitude of the shop owner.
The vendors in the market were all open and skillful. They know how to make visitors want to buy a souvenir when they return. If you do not like the head, you can choose a protective statue or a charm of peace.
Even without the intention to buy, the guests still involuntarily enter the Akodessewa Fetish market and immerse themselves in magical items

People not only use the items in the market for rituals, but also for healing.

The Haunting Scene At The World's Largest Charm Market In Africa

Since ancient times, people in some countries such as Togo, Ghana or Nigeria have been very fond of evil arts. They believe that calling ghosts and calling demons can solve all the difficult problems. Charm can cure all diseases.
Monks and locals believe that life begins with natural elements such as water, fire, and air. Therefore, if they get sick and have no hope in the hospital, they seek black magic with the belief of being cured. Therefore, Akodessewa Fetish Market is also known as a panacea market.
Accordingly, the physician used animal parts as strange charms, praying to the gods to cure all kinds of dangerous diseases. The best-selling charm in the market is a black powder.

The Haunting Scene At The World's Largest Charm Market In Africa

People make this powder by crushing animal parts, mixing with soil and herbs, and then burning the mixture into black charcoal. Depending on the purpose, the parts of the animals used to make charms will differ.
Local people said that in order for the spell to work, the physician would cut the patient's chest or abdomen three times, then rub the black powder on.
Couples who cannot have children, players who want to do miracles in a soccer match, athletes who want to win a marathon… can all use this powder.
For example, chimpanzees and gorilla hands are effective remedies for football goalkeepers. After taking it, they will become healthy and respond quickly.
Meanwhile, the amulet is used for athletes who need a horse's head, heart, and 4 legs.
According to Kim Ngan / Zing news (Image: Shutterstock, Cameron Karten)

The Haunting Scene At The World's Largest Charm Market In Africa

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