Jean Zossoujbo, a guide at the Temple of Pythons, shows a python to a visitor at the temple in Ouidah, Benin, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Ouidah, considered the major cultural city in t

 

              Jean Zossoujbo, a guide at the Temple of Pythons, shows a python to a visitor at the temple in Ouidah, Benin, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Ouidah, considered the major cultural city in t
Jean Zossoujbo, a guide at the Temple of Pythons, shows a python to a visitor at the temple in Ouidah, Benin, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. Ouidah, considered the major cultural city in the West African nation of Benin, is preparing for its annual Voodoo Festival on Thursday. Voodoo is an official religion in this nation of 9 million people and this year's festival will honor the slaves taken from surrounding countries and sent into America and the Caribbean, people who brought the religion with them. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)