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Benin culture is rich and diverse, with influences from traditional tribal beliefs, including ‘voodooism’ (Vudun) as well as French from colonisation.
Music is very important in all Benin tribal groups, and grammy nominated singer Angelique Kidjo is originally from Cotonou in Benin. Influences in music have a broad sphere from traditional West African with a French touch and French lyrics.
Literature is also a strong feature in Benin culture, with ancient cultures having strong oral storytelling roots before the French colonization.
Vudun or ‘voodoo’ culture plays a very important role in Benin tradition, and as a major religion this practice is far from the bloodthirsty image of Hollywood voodoo and more simply a form of animism. Voodoo markets can be found throughout Benin.
Arts include richly ornate cloth appliqué banners dating back to ancient Dahomey, as well as brass and brass artwork, mostly figures and iconic symbols.
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