Voodoo, Slaves and White Man's Graves

Voodoo Book Cover Crammed into battered buses and less than road worthy bush taxis, or hanging on to the back of a series of pollution spewing mopeds, Tom Coote journeys along the lush but disease ridden Slave Coast of West Africa and then up through the Saharan trade routes into the environmentally devastated dust lands of the Sahel. Travelling through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali - some of the poorest and least developed countries in the world - we find ourselves amidst a battleground of 'end of days' ideologies.

Dealing with such themes as freedom and slavery, the resurgence of superstition and its threat to rationality, the corporate colonisation of the unconscious, and the modern day construction of tradition, this irreverent travelogue will take you to places both magical and macabre.

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Contents

Introduction

Prologue

Benin
Cotonou: Spreading the Disease - The High Cost of Living - It Couldn't Happen Here - Self Sabotage - The Sacred and the Saved - Warrior Women - Crime and Punishment.
Ouidah: Suffer the Children - The Invention of Voodoo - Overland Invasion - Nomadic Roots - Visions - Malarial Dreams - The Point of No Return.
Grand Popo: The True Cost of Romance - Salvation for Sale - Paradise Lost.

Togo
Lome: The Rise of Rebellion - Magic for Sale - Sex, Crime and Drug Cartels - Voodoo and the Power of Belief - Man and Superman - Slaves of the Gods - Parasites.

Ghana
Accra: Power through Surveillance - Talking in Tongues - Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows - Rivers of Babylon - Dignity in Death - Worshiped as a God.
Cape Coast and Elmina: Colonialism and Slavery - Faith, Hope and Charity - Short Term Gains - Wild in the Jungle - Idle Youth - White Man's Graves - Saving Souls.
Kumasi: Foreign Elites - More Flea Market than Free Market - Enchantment.
Tamale: Pity the Orphans - Seeking Salvation - Vicious Circles - War and Witchcraft - Dealing in Dreams.
Bolgatanga and Paga: Sacred Nature - Sacrificial Flesh - Tribal Scars - Hail to the King - The Great Escape - Lost and Found.

Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou: Mad Dogs and English Men - The Curse of Stones - Grey Imports - Urban Degeneration - Sex and the City - Cultural Exchange - Downloading Hell.
Ouahigouya: The Cruelest Cut - Fight Amongst Yourselves - Master of Puppets - Nowhere Fast.

Mali
Koro: Patience and Pissing - Heart of Darkness.
Bankass and Dogon Country: Islam and Animism - Born of the Sky God - Mobiles and Magic - Souls of the Dead - Human Sacrifice.
Djenne: Standing at the Crossroads - Desert Art and Dentistry - Made from Mud - Infidel Status.
Bamoko: On Through the Dust - Round and Round - Defenders of the Faith - Cold War Warriors - Fetish Metropolis - Rise Up.

Selected Bibliography

Index

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