Benin: Ouidah – Sacred Forest

The sacred forest in the center of Ouidah is truly a stunning place – ancient never cut massive trees full of hanging bats tower above a dozen or so voodoo temples, many statues of traditional voodoo gods, and multiple sacred voodoo sites. Check out the god of thunder with a lightning for his tongue, or an Amazon-like woman warrior, or the symbol of infinity in the shape of a snake in a loop biting its own tail, or the god of fertility with a massive erection, or the god of machine made from scrap metal parts. And there are a lot of small sacrificial sites were periodic goat and chicken sacrifices happen to placate the voodoo spirits.