Ancient Rituals For Healing More Powerful Than Modern Medicine
The people of Benin believes more of voodoo magic than the official medicine. Succeed President Korekou, Soglo, was also a follower of voodoo religion or called ancient rituals too.
In 1993 Soglo became ill from a disease that French doctors failed to diagnose. Were called two voodoo priests who concluded that the curse it is cast, and soon managed to heal. Many Catholics from Benin region ignore warnings about Archbishop mixing of rites. Joseph Cyriaque Guendehov voodoo priest from Cotonou, have combined Christian and voodoo rituals synthesis that brings together Muslims and Christians and the voodoo religion.
Every Sunday Mass held for 40 pilgrims in their Thron-church Conn’s (the spirit of the country). Above the altar stood image upon Jesus Christ. He was dressed in white robes, adorned with various necklaces and amulets, and was beginning with prayers and songs. Believers are praying for God’s mercy, and when it pronouncing Thorn, instead of the Lord’s Prayer. Guendehov performed voodoo version of holy communion offering every believer hostij walnut in a silver bowl, and then started building the bloody ritual sacrifice. While Bongo drums, bells sound and singing followers brings and fell into euphoria, one of the assistants brought the black and white goat. Then Guendehov ritually slaughtered and neck, and she took out the heart, then their blood give to their believers.
Guendehov sees no contradiction in combining these religions. His parents were Catholic, and he grew up in the spirit that fait. He argues that catholic fate in Africa can be practiced only if included in traditional religious practices.