In 1935/1936 Verger traveled to Africa for the first time. From Algeria via the Sahara he visited the Tuareg people; Mali, Obervolta (since 1984 Burkina Faso), Togo, Dahomey (since 1975 Benin), Niger, and then returned to Algeria. Up until 1993 he made numerous trips to Africa. (see the >> map)
Verger concerned himself intensively with the African origins of Afro-Brazilian cultures. In 1953, in Ketou (today Benin), he underwent the babalaô initiation ceremony and took on the name Fatumbi. He became transatlantic ambassador of Bahia's Candomblé *) communities in West Africa.
In 1966 Verger obtained his Ph.D. at the Sorbonne in Paris with a doctoral thesis on the black slave trade between the Golf of Benin and Bahia from the 17th to 19th century.
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