Temple des Pythons, Ouidah

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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  • Obviously a regularly used Voodoo temple, this was an interesting stop. You will need a guide as you would have no idea of the part the python plays in their ceremony and certainly wouldn't be able to...  more »
  • This is a dreadful place. I know it has significance for the local Voodoo worshippers, but there is little to see except a pit of pythons and then the rather sad ritual of tourists having their pictur...  more »
  • The Temple of Pythons is located in the main square of Ouidah, opposite the Roman Catholic basilica, to witness the syncretism of this population that combines a Christian Temple to a temple animist, though now it seems that the religious meaning is vanished, since I saw only tourists. Entering the temple after paying the ticket, you enter the main courtyard, where there is a nook with a fetish, whereas the snake House is the small round building on the right. You enter the House in small groups, so as not to disturb too reptiles. A watchman comes up with a couple of Pythons and wrap them around your neck. Yesterday I had the pleasure of touching some and get my picture taken with snakes on him. A very special experience. On his way back to the House, inside there are Pythons of all sizes, including some little more than baby crawling unmolested on the floor and along the walls. Be careful not to crush them.
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  • Life snakes everywhere
  • Nice to see
  • Explanation about the meaning of this place. Possibility to touch a python.
  • Short visit, "blase" guide. Not cheap but not worth not...
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