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Animal Skeleton Heads

Lomé Fetish Market

This market harbors an extensive array of skeletal parts from animals of all types and sizes, including birds, sharks, elephants, hippos, antelope, snakes, etc. etc. Traditional healers prescribe one or more fetishes to treat an ailment. The healer then uses the prescribed fetishes to make a compound, powder or liquid for the patient to use as a medication.

We were assured, but not convinced, that all bones came from previously deceased animals and that no animals were killed specifically to harvest their remains.

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