Tuesday 16 June 2009

Child Snake Charmers

It's the one classroom where everyone's paying attention at the back. Being a few feet away from a poisonous snake has a wonderful way of concentrating the mind. All children in the 600-strong nomadic Vadi tribe in western India – are first introduced to cobras at the age of two.

All Vadi children complete a ten-year initiation ritual that culminates in the boys becoming fully-fledged performing snake charmers. Divided between the sexes, the act of snake charming with traditional flute is the role of the men, while the Vadi women care for the snakes and handle them when their husbands or brothers are not around.

(via Neatorama)

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