You in the snake charming game? Name your poison…
Those in Pakistan aren’t leading such a charmed life, either. Their flutes are flouted by a public with plenty of other forms of entertainment.
Things are so bad that a bunch of them just got together for a crisis conference. They want their government to support them financially and establish a sanctuary and research center. There may be a certain loss of dignity at having to be a governmennt-subsidized snake charmer, but clearly these guys plan to perpetuate their skill.
Faqeer Baharani, the head of Pakistan Snake Charmers Council, shows off a bunch of snakes as a snake charmer plays his wooden flute at the start of a snake charmers’ gathering in the southern Pakistani city of Hyderabad in this January 20, 2007 picture. REUTERS/Akram Shahid