A beautiful ethnic Ewe woman from Togo, West Africa dressed in Agotime weaved Kente, wearing precious beads and a chain with her body painted in an awesome designs during the annual "Festivals Des Divinites Noires" (The Festival of Black Deities) held at Aneho in Togo, West Africa.
The "Festivals Des Divinites Noires" (The Festival of Black Deities) is celebrated annually at the Togo`s ancient city of Aneho at different months (but in recent times in December) as its organizers (Acofin African Heritage Association) deemed it fit. The festival identifies 41 vodoun (voodoo) deities for worship and celebration. Voodoo was born in Benin (Dahomey) and Togo as well as Kongo before being exported to Brazil, Cuba. United States of America (Louisiana,New Orleans) and Haiti (where it is largely practiced).
The voodoo religion has about 80 million followers worldwide. They are from Santo Domingo, Cuba, Brazil, Louisiana, Benin, Togo,,Ghana. Nigeria, Cameroon and Haiti.Voodoo religion is an extraordinary pace, special chanted music that its practitioners sing and goes into spiritual trance, cries of revolt as it occurred in Haiti and also makes Africans rediscover their own roots.
The major motivation for this festival is to afford both Africans and Africans in diaspora an opportunity for their historical identification, restoration and promotion of African heritage. For Acofin association, the promoters of the "Festivals Des Divinites Noires," the celebration is a memory issue, ownership, rehabilitation, and recovery for the African people living everywhere.
Aneho is located 45 kilometers from Lome, the capital city of Togo. Aneho, Glidji in Togo and Abomey and Ouidah, towns in the neighboring city of Benin, are known as the cradle of Vodoun (Voodoo) in the world. Aneho is the land of Mina ( Mina people are mostly Fantes from Ghana`s Central regional ancient town of Elmina (Edina) that went to sojourn in Togo and Benin to engage in their fishing occupation) and Guin people.