Togolese Bocio Figurine

The religious worldview Vodun centres its belief on the existence of numerous gods and spirits. This bocio statue is a way to connect the spiritual and material worlds and to enable humans to contact and please the spirits. It is usually placed close to important personal locations in order to protect the owner and their family from evil spirits.


  • Communicating with the Spirits

    story by Sophie Spickenbom.

    Different religions have distinct ways of communicating with their god(s). In the case of Vodun, bocio are brought into being to act as intermediaries between the human and the spiritual world. They protect and mislead. But how and who?

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