Also known as a Fetish market, markets like these are common in countries where the Voodoo religion is practiced. The term “fetish” in this context refers to an object that is believed to have supernatural, magical or religious powers.
Markets such as these can also be described as “pharmacies” of sorts. People visit them for a variety of reasons often in search of items which will help with certain ailments or that will bring good fortune. While these images by photography Constantine James might seem shocking to those of us living in the West, if you live in an area with a large West African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Cuban or other Latin population such markets might be right under your nose, hidden in the backroom of any store selling religious items.
This short video gives you an idea of how expansive and large these markets are.