Snake charming is the practice of appearing to hypnotize asnake by playing and waving around, an instrument calledpungi. Ancient Egypt was home to one form of snake charming, though the practice as it exists today likely arose in India. Many snake charmers live a wandering existence, visiting towns and villages on market days and during festivals. Although snakes are able to sense sound, they lack the outer ear that would enable them to hear the music. They follow the pungi that the "snake charmer" holds with their hands. The snake considers the person and pungi a threat and responds to it as if it were a predator. Image was taken in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in 2017 during our adventure trip around India. BTS video available here: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10213181257198084&id=1594998...

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