Ouidah is one of Benin’s cities, located 42 kilometers west from Cotonou. The area surfaces 364km2. Ouidah is a city established by the Houeda Kingdom, in the name of Glehoue. This city became famous because of the slave-trade.
Today the historic city gives the visitors a special view of the slave-trade.
You can follow the slave-route from the center of the city to the beach.
Ouidah is also the high place of Voodoo in Benin.
Ouidah is good place to visit and to see. This city is important in African history.
The first thing is the slave – route.
The distance of 4 kilometers between the historic museum and the beach is real the principal way taken by slaves before getting in the ships. Along this road you can see many statues in concrete which represent Voodoo religion. Between the main stops we can see the quote place. It was in this place the Europeans choose and bought the slaves. Those slaves were taken to the Americas and sold. The bids took place somewhere called CHACHA place in front of Francisco de Souza’s house.
The slaves were signed with hot iron with the sign of his owner. This sign was done under the omission tree. The slaves must turn around this tree men 9 times and women 7 times and during these turns they were supposed to forget their origin.
One of the Kings of Abomey planted the tree of return in Zoungbodji to mark the point of the last goodbye. They must turn three times around this tree and they can be sure that if they die their soul can come back in the origin.
The Zomai compartment: It was a dark shelter where they used to park the slaves before leaving. It was very dark inside, never any light came in there. It was there they must test the condition they will live in the ship.
Ouidah City – Voodoo Centre of Benin .
Ouidah City is of great interest in the cultural and historical value of the country. A place that has symbolic and important history to the black african race.
Benin’s voodoo Center is the most popular destination after Cotonou. This was also the only seaport of the country
until 1908. It is located 40 km from Cotonou and it is on the main road to Togo. To be seen are various type of Voodoo worship being practised in the past and still being done in this present time.
There are many idols and other symbols of Voodoo worship.
It has a Snake Village where Snakes are Sacred and are being worshipped today. Pictures are allowed and you may hold and put snakes around your neck, if you are brave enough. There has never been any case of Snake bite reported.
So, be brave! The Snake temple is still functional and Snakes are still being worshiped.
Ouidah also has a park Known as Sacred Forest and the Slave Route that leads to the “Point of NO Return”.