Please note this is NOT a ZOOM Lecture but an in person lecture at our museum – tickets include a complimentary glass of Devil’s Botany Absinthe
Doors open at 6:30pm and lecture starts at 7pm
Vodun in Benin: Altars, Shrines and Ceremonies, with Dr Louise Fenton – Live
Benin, the Cradle of Voodoo where culture and religion permeate the very heart of this country.
Join Dr Louise Fenton as she introduces the country through its history, the turbulent times, colonisation and the enslavement of people and human sacrifice before introducing the religion and culture that permeates all of this, Vodun. Vodun is evident throughout the country and not hidden away as it is in much of the Caribbean and the wider diaspora, it is the very soul of Benin.
This is a fully illustrated lecture and Louise will use her own photographic archive to show key locations and Vodun ceremonies. Join Dr Fenton as she introduces you to the exciting, enthralling and beautiful country that is Benin.
Dr Fenton has recently returned from leading an expedition for The Last Tuesday Society in February 2023. This fascinating trip allowed the group to see Vodun up close, meeting Vodun Priests, be welcomed at village Vodun ceremonies, experiencing Vodun worship, see altars, shrines and sacrifice, immersing themselves in Benin culture. Much of this lecture is taken from this trip.
We are travelling to Benin again in March 2024 so please speak to Dr Fenton or contact The Last Tuesday Society if you would like to join us, or for more details on this exciting trip to West Africa.
Dr Louise Fenton is a senior lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton and a cultural and social historian. She teaches contextual studies in the School of Art and supervises PhD students; she is also an artist and illustrator and uses drawing within her research. Her interest in West African Vodun, and particularly Benin, began when studying for her PhD which she was awarded from the University of Warwick in 2010. Most recently Louise has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 programme, ‘Beyond Belief’ and is a consultant on a new drama for BBC 3. Her research covers West African Vodun, Haitian Vodou, New Orleans Voodoo and Witchcraft, especially curses and cursed objects.”
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Devil’s Botany is London’s first absinthe distillery, founded by Directors of The Last Tuesday Society’s Absinthe Parlour & Cocktail Bar.