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Temple des Pythons, Ouidah

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Drape a sleepy sacred python around your neck and pay extra for a photo opportunity at Temple des Pythons, a shrine for the worship of royal pythons. Housing dozens of these sacred snakes, the temple is maintained by priests of Dangbé, the serpent deity. A guide explains the voodoo ceremonies associated with the shrine, where today you can see Dangbé's ancestors fed regularly, as well as yard for the ceremonial sacrifice of chickens and goats. Look for the ancient tree within the grounds, believed to be 700 years old, and inspect the colorful statues. Use our Ouidah road trip planner to arrange your visit to Temple des Pythons and other attractions in Ouidah.
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  • It's the the best place to be in Ouidah if you ever want to learn about the life style of pythons. You can take some photos with the photos on your neck. 
    It's the the best place to be in Ouidah if you ever want to learn about the life style of pythons. You can take some photos with the photos on your neck.  more »
  • There isn't much to see here and the temple is quite small but it provides some context to the roots and practices of voodoo. Probably the most interesting part of the tour is the python room and... 
    There isn't much to see here and the temple is quite small but it provides some context to the roots and practices of voodoo. Probably the most interesting part of the tour is the python room and...  more »
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  • It was a really thrilling, fun and exciting experience. I definitely recommend 10/10. The python temple is located in the town of Ouidah, Benin Republic. The town is most known for practicing voodoo and in this town pythons are sacred beings. They worship the Pythons. Some back story is a long time ago there was a war and famine. A woman ran into the bush were she met a python which she then brought back to the village. At night the python would go round eating all the pests which in turn made their crop grow. Hence they praised the python and also allow them roam around at night.
  • Le Temple De Python is an enthralling and captivating place to visit. A place we’re tradition is upheld and has been passed down through generations. It’s quite interesting to see how the traditions of the town had morphed to reflect the current situation of our society. It’s an affordable and interesting place to visit. Also easily identifiable via Google map directions.

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