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Monday, January 19, 2015


As well as its clearly phallic connotations, the serpent embodies a number of different symbolic values. The power to give life - implicit in the fertility symbol - is allied to great knowledge. The power to slough off its skin implied mortality - often represented by a coiled serpent.

Hand combat with a python , Borneo.

Snake charmers got the king cobras mesmerised, India.

Python on my shoulder

Snake therapy

Dangerous exhibition to earn a living - take the cobra by its head, Cambodia.

Medicine seller-cum-snake charmer, Sunday market, Ipoh

Share the ride with a slinker, Cambodia

Kiss a snake

Skeleton of a gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica), showing arrangement of vertebrae.

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