Wordless Wednesdays

The snake charmer

Saw this snake charmer during our recent visit to Rajasthan. The snake which is usually a cobra is kept in a cane basket. When the snake charmer plays the pungi as it is referred to in North India or magudi, as it is called in the South of India, the snake uncoils itself and sits up in a defensive position, with its hood facing the charmer. The snake moves its body as per the music of the pungi or flute, or so it appears. The truth is snakes can’t hear. So, when it sways to the music, what it’s actually doing is swaying to the movement of the snake charmer or the instrument. The snake charmer moves the flute as he plays it and the snake follows.

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8 responses to “Wordless Wednesdays”

  1. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    Interesting Smitha, I didn’t know that about their hearing.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I didn’t either Andrea, until I began writing the post and researching for it. I found it interesting too! I’m so glad that my post was informative. Thank you!

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  2. Infinite Living Avatar

    This is a childhood memory growing up in India, when the snake charmers used to come door to door on the occasion of Nag Panchami 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Oh really! That’s nice to know. I had no idea that they came door to door on Nag Panchami. They don’t it anymore I suppose or they don’t do it in Mumbai.

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  3. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Very nice and I remember we used to have these festivals once a year in Mumbai and would see these charmers almost everywhere but sadly they are not here anymore. Nice picture and post, Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Ah really. Pragalbha was saying the same thing about them coming door to door during her childhood. I’ve not experienced it. Thank you Kamal for sharing your memory of snake charmers.


      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Ya in Mumbai there used to be naag panchmi. Always welcome dear Smitha 💖

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