If a long stick to the fakir with questions about the secrets of his skill, he will certainly be telling something about the favor of the gods, the snake language understanding and mysterious magic. In fact, the secret dance cobra is pretty simple, and we will tell you about it.
Profession fakir as long opened in India, passed on from generation to generation. In one state, you can even find a village called Saperagaon that in Hindi sounds like a “village of snake charmers.” Almost all its inhabitants truly mastered the art of spells and for many years kept it secret in strict secrecy from outsiders. Yes have not saved …
Different kinds of poisonous snakes are quite different level of aggressiveness. Some representatives creeping kingdom sank his teeth into the man only in the most extreme case, a cobra use their deadly arsenal without the slightest delay, with or without. In India, the death rate (and guests of this exotic country) from snakebites is the highest in the world die each year from the poison around 50,000 (!) People. And that cobra make a considerable contribution to this dubious achievement. Perhaps, therefore, rooms with cobras necessarily included in the repertoire of any self-respecting fakir, as notorious “artistes” always attracts viewers. And although in recent years more and more Indians prefer to spend their time watching television, while experienced exorcists trying to take place outside the hotels with Intourists, among the spectators at performances fakirs still a lot of locals.
Contrary to popular belief, street fakirs not bred cobras and do not try to train them with youthful teeth. “Ensemble” is replenished vast forests, and preference is given to just the same adult cobra able to impress sizes. King cobras, despite the absolutely disgusting character and incredibly powerful poison, also often fall into the baskets fakirs with their conventional two-meter “sisters”. In catching fakirs help tame mongoose, cobra chuyuschie a mile away. Mongoose, incidentally, really friendly animal to person, easily manageable – Kipling in his famous tale of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi was not exaggerating.
Caught cobra release of the bag, and the snake is left alone with the fakir. In most cases the prisoner immediately attacks the offender, but the caster ready primary attribute of the action – made from a gourd flute-Punga. Despite the abundance of flashy jewelry like glass beads, nothing unusual in the tool not. Attacker on his “choreographer” cobra just immediately gets a flute on the head. Beating continued for quite a long time, and even when trying to withdraw cobra, forgetting about the bloody revenge, fakir stops it all the same flute-baton. After lengthy “lessons” snake perceives flute-Punga as a significant threat. However, not all pupils learn fakirs “science.” In the absence of progress in the training of circus cobra turns actor in Gladiator: the joy she will fight to the death to the public with mongooses.
But back to the spell-dance. Cobra, getting in early representations of baskets, nothing stands out from the crowd fakir other bipeds – scientists claim that reptiles are not able to distinguish one person from another. For snakes and fakir, and spectators – irritating bullies, which are good, you should immediately bite. But then the animal sees the flute and that is what finds unmistakable. Melody extracted from the tool does not matter, because snakes are deprived of a hearing aid. However, considering that quite jarring Punga applies to high tones, it could attract the attention of the snake. Cobra is closely monitoring the source of the threat, which is the flute, and the caster is just wiggle, causing the snake to move along with it in tact. To keep the attention of flake dancer, fakir can also to tap a foot in time to the music. However, he should carefully monitor the distance between a musical instrument and poisonous actor. If too close to the cobra, can trigger an attack. If you move away – snake upolzet bored out to the audience.
One of the most spectacular stunts Indian fakirs – Cobra Kiss – at certain skill and courage will not require magic and supernatural abilities. The secret is that the snake charmer kisses the top, right in her flat head. Animal by its nature is not able to attack straight up, and if the fakir show some flexibility, that his players are not physically able to bite lover kiss.
However, with all the skill of the caster, it is always in danger – the cobra is often possible to cling to his tormentor. So sometimes snakes fairly simple and cruel way removed fangs: tease, and then shoved under the nose piece of stiff fabric. When reptile teeth plunges into the fabric, sharp jerk deprives him of weapons. But fakirs claim that cobras teeth grow very quickly. Therefore Workwear snake charmer is a good sturdy shoes and loose robes, under which the viewer can not be seen wrapped in thick leather ankle and forearm.
In 1972, India passed a law banning captive wild animals. But the caste system in this country is as strong as anywhere else. Therefore fakirs continue to dance with snakes, and usually the authorities give them favors. However, after a certain time “touring” for cobra must end, and the caster is obliged to release it into the wild. All fakirs claim that do just that, and nothing else.