The pastor in front of the destroyed church building
Benin is considered the birthplace of Voodoo. Occult practices, including idol worship, sacrificing animals, and wearing special talismans believed to ward off evil, are widespread.
Voodoo is so commonly practiced in Benin that it has a National Voodoo Day on January 10. This year in a small town in the center of the country, a group of Voodooists burned down a church when local Christians refused to honor the village idols during the celebration.