South Asia | Snake charming is child's play in an Indian village
  • Hanging around. A boy poses with his snake. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Hanging around. A boy poses with his snake. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Cold comfort. Children of a snake charmer prepare dinner outside their home. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Cold comfort. Children of a snake charmer prepare dinner outside their home. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Love is blind. Ashiq Nath poses with a cobra in Jogi Dera, the snake charmers' settlement. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Love is blind. Ashiq Nath poses with a cobra in Jogi Dera, the snake charmers' settlement. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Some TLC. A snake charmer cleans the eyes of his snake in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Some TLC. A snake charmer cleans the eyes of his snake in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Morning exercise. A daughter of a snake charmer holds snakelets as she eats her breakfast in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Morning exercise. A daughter of a snake charmer holds snakelets as she eats her breakfast in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Burning bright. Children of snake charmers sit next to a fire on a cold winter evening in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Burning bright. Children of snake charmers sit next to a fire on a cold winter evening in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Keeping watch. A baby rests in a hammock as a cobra is below him in Jogi Dera, in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Keeping watch. A baby rests in a hammock as a cobra is below him in Jogi Dera, in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • It's gotta be dung. A son of a snake charmer collects buffalo dung to use as cooking fuel. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    It's gotta be dung. A son of a snake charmer collects buffalo dung to use as cooking fuel. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Perfect coil. Manish Nath holds a snake for a photograph in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Perfect coil. Manish Nath holds a snake for a photograph in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Lone figure. A wife of a snake charmer stands inside a burnt part of her house in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Lone figure. A wife of a snake charmer stands inside a burnt part of her house in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Star turn. The back of a cobra in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Star turn. The back of a cobra in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • In command. Ravi Nath poses with a cobra. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    In command. Ravi Nath poses with a cobra. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
  • Bare necessities. Posters are seen inside a house of a snake charmer in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi
    Bare necessities. Posters are seen inside a house of a snake charmer in Jogi Dera. Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Simply child's play

Descendants of an ancient tribe of snake charmers in Jogi Dera show how even children handle the cobras with ease

January 28, 2017 10:20 PM (UTC+8)
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