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Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Maxymilliano(m): 3:36pm On Aug 18, 2013


Hundreds of people queued in a remote village in eastern India over the weekend to receive blessings from metres-long and potentially deadly snakes, thought to bring them good luck.

Snake charmers clapped and beat colourful drums to lure their“prized catches”out of wicker baskets and clay pots, as part of an annual festival in the village of Purba Bishnupur in West Bengal state.

“It is an art to make the snakes come out of their boxes and baskets,”Hyder Mal, a 46-year-old snake charmer taking part in the festival told AFP on Saturday.


An Indian snake charmer performs with a‘gokhra’–cobra–in his mouth for passers by

The snakes, considered by the locals as incarnations of the Hindu snake goddess Manasa, swayed to the rhythm and motion of their handlers as the villagers drew closer.

Every year, people from the area gather in the green village some 85 kilometres (52 miles) from the state capital Kolkata, to honour and pray to Manasa.

The goddess is believed to bring good luck ahead of the harvest season and also ward off troubles in this mainly agricultural belt.
Mal, a father of six, appears at ease as he handles a long golden-brown cobra while urging the crowd gathered around to donate freely.

“Business has gone down for us. People want to take blessings from the snakes but are stingy when it comes to paying up,”he complained.



Mal, who owns six large serpents, reminisces of the time when business was roaring, mainly because of the demand for venom used to treat snake bites.

“Now we are living a life of penury. Synthetic venom is what is used now. The government does not care about us,”said Mal.

“I wouldn’t want any of my children to carry on with our family tradition,”he added.

Charmers have long been a favourite with tourists in India. But their numbers dwindled after the government strengthened laws in 2002 proscribing the commercial use of wild animals, including performances with live snakes.



The legislation emptied most cities of charmers, although they can still be found in rural areas, and also around major tourist sites, risking arrest as they try to cajole visitors into taking a photo for a small fee.

Animal rights activists accuse snake charmers of cruelly capturing the serpents in suffocating bags and yanking their teeth out or sewing their mouths shut so that they don’t bite.

Mal and other snake charmers were quick to refute the charges.

“For us snakes are gods. We worship snakes, we would never want them to suffer,”said a 60-year-old charmer, who did not want to be identified.

© AFP


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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by moscobabs(m): 3:31pm On Aug 19, 2013
Madness
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by ndrule: 3:32pm On Aug 19, 2013
D guy wif d snake in hz mouth.......did u c his EYES?

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by LEXYCOM: 3:32pm On Aug 19, 2013
first to comment

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by momodub: 3:33pm On Aug 19, 2013
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by 25omega(m): 3:34pm On Aug 19, 2013
ndrule: D guy wif d snake in hz mouth.......did u c his EYES?
grin grin grin grin that guy na pure craze man

i would be far far far from that celebration seeing as snakes are scary

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Odinaka00(m): 3:34pm On Aug 19, 2013
I hate snakes

















2nd? Odii gbasie mbo ike, iga eru dia someday
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by blayz0923: 3:34pm On Aug 19, 2013
LEXYCOM: first to comment
agama lizard

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by phil5(m): 3:35pm On Aug 19, 2013
So?

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Coefficient(m): 3:35pm On Aug 19, 2013
One word: Sickening!
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by singhabhishek25: 3:35pm On Aug 19, 2013
This can happen only in India, the people there are so religious that they find God in almost every form. There belief is very strong.
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by kennyonthrone(m): 3:36pm On Aug 19, 2013
i so much hate dose créatures
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Gizbee: 3:36pm On Aug 19, 2013
They should all repent befor it is late.christ cometh
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by SwaGUnLimiTeD(m): 3:37pm On Aug 19, 2013
Wat a weird festival
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by 9icest: 3:38pm On Aug 19, 2013
And you see some Okoro going to a crazy country like this, and they still come here claiming their land and state is as developed as Manhattan. Heeesh angry
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by halfcurrent(m): 3:38pm On Aug 19, 2013
this "jazzz" festival....otumokpo!!
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by iamswizz(m): 3:38pm On Aug 19, 2013
[size=18pt]THE FIRST GUY LOOKS LIKE SEXKILLZ[/size]

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Nobody: 3:39pm On Aug 19, 2013
Wetin make me view this post sef. I no go fit sleep for nite o. cry

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Kslib(m): 3:40pm On Aug 19, 2013
Lately,It has been China!! China!! China!!,i think India is gradually coming back...
..
All izz well!!
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by point5: 3:41pm On Aug 19, 2013
Its irritating,,mr.op abeg delete
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by babadem2much(m): 3:41pm On Aug 19, 2013
who said we dont worship a Living God in Nigeria? he/ she should go 2 India and China there they worship live snakes n cow nama without intimidation, n dem no de bomb d shrine oh, blessing kukuma kom de 4 dat side yapa.
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by MrAboki: 3:42pm On Aug 19, 2013
Beautiful....




Where is Pagan9ja sef?!
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Nobody: 3:42pm On Aug 19, 2013
Dats y my pple perish because dey lack GOD
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by nerodenero: 3:43pm On Aug 19, 2013
Na the snakes go eventually kill them now.
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Nobody: 3:44pm On Aug 19, 2013
Mr Aboki: Beautiful....




Where is Pagan9ja sef?!

Waiting for him too. grin
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by omanifrank(m): 3:45pm On Aug 19, 2013
SwaG UnLimiTeD: Wat a weird festival
gosh
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by omanifrank(m): 3:47pm On Aug 19, 2013
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Maxymilliano(m): 3:48pm On Aug 19, 2013
HNosegbe:

Waiting for him too. grin

I'm equally waiting for the moniker ... grin
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by Nobody: 3:49pm On Aug 19, 2013
One man's deity is another man's delicacy cheesy

Welcome to the Snake Market in Nigeria!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zBdD4qiGow

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Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by adebayo201: 3:50pm On Aug 19, 2013
iamswizz: [size=18pt]THE FIRST GUY LOOKS LIKE SEXKILLZ[/size]
i no pity u oh. Them don ban u before?
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by ademine: 3:51pm On Aug 19, 2013
the guy with snake in his mouth is already on a hyper intoxicated spiritual level. this is scary...! thank God their govt is not keeping silent on the matter.
Re: Snake Festival In East India (photos) by soloxxng: 3:52pm On Aug 19, 2013
hmmmm? So weird

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