It was Chinese masquerade meets the 'running of the bulls' at Pamplona. Water, quartz and cowry shells were also heaped on the cast beads. King Ghezo's intricately carved throne rests upon four skulls of rival chiefs while beyond all taste amid fine Portuguese silks and British cut-glass decanters is a royal flywhisk assembled from a human cranium attached to a horsetail. These counselors try to dissuade parents from cutting their daughters by explaining the harmful effects, and encourage girls suffering complications after undergoing FGM to go to hospital for treatment, rather than turning to traditional healers.
After beseeching the god to grant my wish, I sealed our deal by anointing the shrine with blood-red palm oil and spitting out three mouthfuls of fiery homemade gin. The Gate of No Return in Ouidah, Benin Shutterstock Barefoot, I stepped onto a putrefying mound of candle wax, palm oil and the feathers and blood of sacrificed goats and chickens. Ogisos 40AD AD.