If you are looking for a bit of mystique and country that is rich in its history then Bennin should be your next stop. You have probably seen Hollywood take vodoo and spin it into every possible horror movie possible. Vodoo is a way of life for the Beninese; it is simply a religious practice some of the population even though majority of the population is some form of Christian. About 17% of the population still practice vodoo. Vodoo should not be distorted as a form of black magic you can use to cast curses and wish upon bad circumstances to happen to someone. When you walk through the city streets and peeking into the local shops do not be surprised to see a street lined with local vodoo shops selling anything from live chickens to, bones, and a myriad of animal heads and skins.
This country was originally called Dahomey after the former Kingdom of Dahomey. The Kingdom phase lasted until 1894 and then it became part of the French colonies until 1960 and retaining the same name. Then the name was changed to the Republic of Dahomey which survived until 1975 even after gaining indepedence from the French in 1960. It was finally in 1975 the Republic of Dahomey was lastly renamed to Benin, the official name is Republic of Benin. This is the modern name we refer to this country and it got this name from the body of water that it borders called the Bight of Benin. Benin became the final name because it offered the greatest level of neutrality since the Dahomey territory really only covered one-third of the country. Today you can visit those Dahomey temples and palaces.
If you head over to the city of Quidah, you can still see historical remnants of the bustling slave trade industry. Quidah was a slave's final stop before they were sold and sent off to Brazil or the Caribbean. Benin has a truly fascinating history and culture to experience. This is also a few of the African countries that have not been suppressed by warfare and makes it accessible for travelers who want to come for a visit. If you are thinking about where to go next please save a spot for Benin.