When asked directions for the house of the marabout (spiritual teacher), no one in the immediate neighborhood seems to know who he is or where he lives.
A boy points at the wooden door of a small house hidden in the dark.
The priest, a tough man from Ghana with magnetic black eyes, is sitting on a mattress on the floor of the living room with a big knife in his hands.
(guides), are leaders of religious communities in West Africa and the Maghreb.
They act as intermediaries between God and the devotees.
People do believe in Allah, but when the time comes for a wish, a spell, or simply guidance, Voodoo is the answer.
Like an oracle, speaking as an intermediary of the divine, the marabout starts to write in the sand, confusing letters and random symbols with his finger.