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Dossier July 2016

The spiritual world and the dead.

The deceased protect and reward those who are faithful to and pray for them. They provide happiness, health, money, children and prosperity. The deceased punish, instead, those who ignore them, through diseases, infertility and even violent or unexpected deaths. Life, among the Fon people therefore, does not end with death, but continues in another realm.…

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Cosmogony and anthropology of the Adja-Fon.

The cosmogony of the Adja-Fon people is hierarchical and spiritualist. It implies a hierarchy of beings, and the separation of the cosmos (Weke in the Fon language) into two worlds: the visible and the invisible, the material and the spiritual. The invisible world, somehow, is considered more important than the visible one. It is based…

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Benin. The Fon: a proud people

The Fon people are the largest ethnic group of Benin, and make up 39% of an estimated population of 10 million inhabitants. Fon is also a language, one of the most popular in Benin, not only because of the numerical strength of this group, but also because these people are scattered throughout several regions of…

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The Fon marriage.

Marriage implies a gradual preparation of the couple for married life, and the deepening of the relationship between the spouses and their reciprocal families. Most marriages are arranged by families, because these are events that involve the entire community. When the parents of a boy or a boy himself are interested in marrying a girl,…

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Advocacy

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Pope Francis advocates for poor countries’…

In his Easter Urbi et Orbi message, Pope Francis urged all nations to “meet the greatest needs of the moment through the reduction, if not…

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Baobab

The Chimpanzee and the Crocodile.

0nce upon a time the chimpanzee and the crocodile were good friends. At midday, the chimpanzee would always go to the riverbank and call the crocodile:…

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Youth & Mission

African Youth Sowing Seeds Of Peace.

Starting afresh from children to build a peaceful future in Africa. Rely on their energies to transform the continent into a better place. This is the sense…

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