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MOROCCAN SNAKE CHARMING CULTURE[Please do not practice at home]
Morocco officially, is known as the Kingdom of Morocco. It is one of the countries in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Specifically, it lies across the Strait of Gibraltar on the Mediterranean and looks out on the Atlantic from the northwest shoulder of Africa. It has population of about 33 million and an area of 446,550 km2 [172,410 sq mi]. Its largest city is Casablanca but its political capital is Rabat. Some of its close neighboring countries are Algeria and Mauritania. And one of its historical monarchs is King Muhammed VI.

It is a country with divergence histories and cultures. Prominent amongst them is snake charming. Though, snake charming is a common practice all over the world especially in Asian countries like: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malasia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. It is also common in Egypt, Turnisia, Morocco and some few North African Countries. Most of the time, the practice requires the charmer playing instrument to ‘hypnotize’ a particular set of snakes. But sometimes, it may be mere non-musical handling, staple street performances, juggling, sleight of hands etc. Due to the: danger associated with this practice, the subsequent enforcement of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 in some Asian countries like India, Some nature documentaries, cable television involvement, Animal rights, urbanization, deforestation etc, the profession seems to be dying out. Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 in India bans ownership of serpents, couples and couple of other dangerous animals.

In general, most of the snake charmers live ‘nomadic’/wandering life. They visit cities, towns, festivals etc to perform. The snake Charmers/handler, according to some unconfirmed sources, prevent themselves form snake bite by employing some tricks which include: Sitting out of the snake biting range, using sluggish Snakes, removing the creature's venom glands or fangs or sewing the snake's mouth shut.The danger of the last option is that, the Snake may soon die of starvation or infections.
Categories of snakes use varies, but sometimes, majorly includes: Indian cobra Russell's vipers, Indian or Burmese pythons, mangrove snakes, Egyptian cobra, puff adder, carpet viper, horned desert viper etc.


Warning: As a result of the danger involved in this culture. It is advisable to leave it to the professionals. So do not practice at home.
Categories: African Culture
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