A customer takes a photo with a ball python at the Reptile Cafe in Phnom Penh. Taking off from the cat cafes already popular in the Cambodian capital, Chea Raty launched his business to revamp the skin-crawling reputation of lizards and snakes and convince haters that they are simply misunderstood.
Hospitals have readied anti-venom and flood victims returning home in Kerala have been told to stay alert as receding waters leave behind a glut of snakes. After several cases of snakes being found inside houses, Vava Suresh, a well-known snake handler, has been brought in.
The famous Subramanyeswara Swamy temple in Mopidevi, where the ritual is usually performed by individuals, will be the venue for the ‘sarpayagam’ and the ‘sarpa dosha nivarana puja’ on August 29 being arranged by the government’s endowments departme... read more
A tribal community in Ranchi was seen getting their bodies pierced and performing deadly stunts with snakes and fire to appease a snake goddess. Devotees thronged temples to pay obeisance to Hindu serpentine deity, Manasa Devi after which they took out processions while performing the daredevils including putting snakes into their mouths, holding them around their shoulders, biting the snakes and cutting their scales. It is our tradition, by worshipping the snake goddess, we believe that the poisonous snakes won’t bite us, said one of the devotees. People worship snake or serpent deities and live snakes especially during the monsoon season, at a time when the snakes are more active and leave their nesting ground. Devotees also make offerings, including milk and flowers to the idol. (HT Correspondent)read more