Gabon. A country few know about, in a continent full of history and myth impossible to comprehend.
The nation of Gabon is located in Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and situated between the Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea. At a size just smaller than the state of Colorado, Gabon is one of the most stable and prosperous of the African countries with its small population, abundant natural resources (including petroleum and natural gas), and considerable foreign support.
Following its independence from France in 1960, El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba led the country as President for over forty years until his death in 2009. His son, Ali Bongo Ondimba, was then brought to power and is still currently serving. Under their reign, Gabon has maintained a per capita income of almost four times that of most sub-Saharan African nations.
Despite the fact that a majority of Gabonese people adhere to Christian beliefsâ€”either Protestantism or Roman Catholicismâ€”Gabon, like many countries in Africa, is still rich in folklore and mythology. From the hallucinogenic Bwiti rituals to connect with the gods to witchcraft and the famed Mami Wata, there is no shortage of fascinating beliefs and intriguing legends that populate the culture.
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