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Pakistan Snake Charmers' Children Reluctant to Join Family Trade

They give their infants a drop of cobra poison when they are five or six months old—a form of initiation into life as a snake charmer.  That poison, according to Misri Jogi, a famous chieftain of a tribe of snake charmers in Pakistan’s Sindh province, creates a bond, enabling them to smell and catch snakes when they grow up. His last name comes from what his tribesmen are called in the local language — jogis. “When I sit here and play the flute, I can smell if there is a snake in...

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