COTONOU, Benin — This is not about secretive mutterings in the dead of
night or freakish eccentrics, explained Dah Aligbonon Akpochihala, an
eminent voodoo priest who has taken to the airwaves to preach the old
messages of faith, fidelity and obedience integral to his religion. It
is about bringing a younger generation on board.
“Voodoo is sabotaged, demonized, as if there was nothing good in it,”
Mr. Aligbonon said in his austere office — a bare, whitewashed room,
with a cracked linoleum floor and disused fan.
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