Trip Planner: Africa / Benin / Atlantique Department / Ouidah / Temple des Pythons
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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Temple des Pythons reviews
The guide told us about the voodoo ceremonies conducted here. Loved the small building with the pythons and had the chance to have one around my neck.
The guide told us about the voodoo ceremonies conducted here. Loved the small building with the pythons and had the chance to have one around my neck. more »
The temple site is very interesting and we enjoyed being given details of its background and the rituals and ceremonies still carried out there. It was interesting to learn about the pythons and get..... more
The temple site is very interesting and we enjoyed being given details of its background and the rituals and ceremonies still carried out there. It was interesting to learn about the pythons and get..... more »
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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