Snake charming in India


Snake charming is a traditional form of entertainment in India, in which a person (the “charmer”) plays music on a pipe and hypnotizes a snake by waving the pipe or other object in front of the snake. The snake is often displayed in a basket or other container.

Snake charming is a controversial practice, as many people believe that it is cruel to the snakes and exploits them for entertainment. In India, the use of snakes for entertainment is regulated by the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, which prohibits the capture or transportation of snakes for use in performances. Despite this, snake charming continues to be a popular form of entertainment in some parts of India, particularly in rural areas.

There are also concerns about the safety of snake charmers and their audience, as venomous snakes can be dangerous if they are not handled properly. In recent years, there have been efforts to educate snake charmers about the dangers of working with venomous snakes and to provide them with alternative forms of employment.

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