But expert on African religions and traditions Dodji Amouzouvi, a professor of sociology and anthropology, says many people practice "dual religion". "There is a popular saying here: 'Christian during the day and voodoo at night'. It simply means that even those who follow other faiths always return to voodoo in some way," he tells me. Slaughtering animals is not unique to voodoo To illustrate the closeness of the two faiths, there is a Basilica opposite the Temple of Pythons in the town square. "At the moment many people here in Benin feel let down by the establishment, there are no jobs," Mr Amouzouvi. "People are turning to voodoo to pray for better times." But how did voodoo get exported to places such as New Orleans and Haiti? At the edge of the sea in Ouidah stands La Porte du Non-Retour "The Door of No Return" - a stone arch monument with carvings of men and women in chains walking in a procession towards a ship. Image caption The Door of No Return is a reminder of Benin's painful slave history It was from this point that many thousands of African slaves were packed into ships and taken to the Americas - the only thing they took with them was voodoo, which they clung to as a reminder of home. They continued to practise it, at times being beaten if caught by the slave masters. This made some even more determined to keep it alive, according to reports. Some practices in voodoo can appear threatening to the outsider - the slaughtering of animals have in part earned the faith its unflattering image, some say.
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They've been doing this for centuries." He says this kind of slow but precise artisanship is dying out and increasingly hard to find elsewhere. "The whole concept of craftmanship is dying. The beautiful thing about this place is that it's not just one street or a couple of houses. It's an entire village." He acknowledges that he could find cheaper, larger manufacturers elsewhere, but says that's รองเท้าส้นสูงราคาส่งจากโรงงาน not the point. "There's always been a notion of the economies of scale but that doesn't work that well here. A good bag needs x amount of hours. You can't cheat your way into it." While some of the factories here have started to use an assembly line to speed up the manufacturing process, many have refused to compromise. Image caption Some in the town believe there should be a "Made in Ubrique" label Jorge Oliva Perez, general manager at local leather brand El Potro says a single worker still makes the entire bag, bar the cutting and the design. "It's very important to hold onto these skills," says Jorge. Like many of those working here, Jorge would like this expertise officially recognised with - a "Made in Ubrique" label.
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