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Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194912
The mother, Tatiana, confesses me: "It hurts me that Paterna has gone to the forest". She should not complain about the death of her twin, nor should she show any sadness in public. The family will no...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194902
Each year, twins statues are blessed and are spoiled with candies. They love sweets says Kpsouayo. A big celebration takes place every october 25 in the country to bless the twins, dead or alive, who...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194905
Eric has asked a charpenter to build a miniature version of the Paterne bed for her twin sister hohovi Paterna. In order to avoid jealousy between the wins and keep a perfect balance between the both....
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194903
Eric is an English teacher in Ouidah. He lives in a modern house with his wife Tatiana. Despite their social stature, they still practices in the cult of the twins: Paterna died when she was a baby. H...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194904
When the parents go to make clothing for the family, Paterna also get clothing from the same cloth like her old bro Edouard on the picture. Like that, everyone looks like part of the same team. When P...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194901
Mrs. Kpsouayo on Dedoukodji Beach. She is a fisherman wife. She had two twins. She washes them once a month in the sea to purify them by the goddess of the water. Kpsouayo est lâpouse dâun pêcheur. S...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372368
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figures made to house the soul of dead twins inside a house. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372369
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the statues of her dead twins and her two boys twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figures made to house the soul of dead twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the statues of her dead twins and her two boys twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372373
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figures made to house the soul of dead twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372374
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the carved wooden figures made to house the soul of her dead twins on the beach. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372375
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the carved wooden figures made to house the soul of her dead twins on the beach. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the carved wooden figures made to house the soul of her dead twins on the beach. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the carved wooden figures made to house the soul of her dead twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, mrs kpsouayo carrying the carved wooden figures made to house the soul of her dead twins. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372384
Benin, West Africa, Porto-Novo, young man passing in front of zangbeto adiye temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas2
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372389
Benin, West Africa, Porto-Novo, young man passing in front of zangbeto adiye temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas2
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372390
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figure of a dead twin sleeping on his bed. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372397
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, paterne with the carved wooden figure made to house the soul of his dead twin paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372387
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, edouard takes cares of the carved wooden figure made to house the soul of his dead sister paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, eric and his sons with the carved wooden figure of their dead twin paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372405
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, eric and his son paterne with the carved wooden figure made to house the soul of their dead twin paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, eric and his son paterne with the carved wooden figure made to house the soul of their dead twin paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, eric, tatiana, and their son paterne in front of the carved wooden figure made to house the soul of their dead twin paterna. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372414
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, women in the street in front of a canal plusfootball billboard. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372412
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figure made to house the soul of a dead twin. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, carved wooden figure made to house the soul of a dead twin. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, dada vognon adidekon famous healer with a mask hiding his face. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372421
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372416
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, dada vognon adidekon famous healer with a mask hiding his face. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, dada vognon adidekon famous healer with a mask hiding his face. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, traditional kings meeting. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372448
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, beninese traditional king with a plastic crown. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372452
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, leopard figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372449
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, nigerian king with a giant hat. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372450
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, leopard figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372454
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, statue of 3-headed voodoo deity in sacred forest of kapasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372464
Benin, West Africa, Porto-Novo, young man passing in front of zangbeto adiye temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas2
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372465
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, aido hwedo, the rainbow serpent deity in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372468
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, temple in the sacred forest of kpasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372474
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, tourists looking at horned deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372456
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, sacred forest of kpasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372459
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, temple in the sacred forest of kpasse painted wall. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, temple in the sacred forest of kpasse painted walls. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372463
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, former palace in the sacred forest of kpasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372461
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, sacred forest of kpasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372462
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, temple in the sacred forest of kpasse painted wall. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, deity figure in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372477
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, statue of phallic and horned voodoo deity in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, voodoo statue in the sacred forest of kpasse. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372476
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, statue of phallic and horned voodoo deity in kpasse sacred forest. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372481
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, man putting a snake in his mouth inside the python temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372479
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, woman screaming as a man puts a snake around her neck in the python temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
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Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, man holding a snake in the python temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00372484
Benin, West Africa, Ouidah, man holding a snake in the python temple. Photography by Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194886
Once a twin dies, a wooden statue called the "hohovi" is carved, within which the spirit of the dead child is placed. These figurines are deified and treated almost exactly like the living children. F...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194889
"Twins love Fanta and Coca Cola" says the mother. In the voodoo rituals, if someone wishes for a more peaceful life, sugar is equated with this peace. In giving sugar to the statues, you increase the...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194887
Hounyoga lives in Bopa. The hohovis are placed so that they peer out of the front garment of the mother, for everyone to see. The parents have a spiritual obligation to ask for alms in a market or in...
Eric Lafforgue / Hans Lucas
00194885
40% of the worldâs twins are born in Africa. Beninâs Fon people have one of the highest occurrences at 1 in 20 births. The high rate of infant mortality and voodoo religion.But the high mortality rate...
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