Temple of Pythons

In most parts of the world snakes are feared, but in Benin they are revered. Royal pythons are worshiped in Benin, especially in Ouidah. The Temple of Pythons in Ouidah is a small room of twelve square meters that houses 50 adult royal pythons. The good news is that royal pythons are not dangerous, but the bad news is that these sacred reptiles are welcome in Beninois households where they are fed when the doors of the temple are opened at night. There is no fear when the locals welcome these slithering pythons into their living rooms like an honored guest.