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Feb 1, 2017

The Saperas aka Snake Charmers of India

The Saperas aka Snake Charmers of India

Buti Nath is a member of an ancient tribe of snake charmers known as Saperas, who over the generations have thrived on catching venomous snakes and making them dance to their music.

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Children of a snake charmer prepare dinner outside their home in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 16, 2017. Picture taken January 16, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Children of snake charmers sit next to a fire on a cold winter evening in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 16, 2017. Picture taken January 16, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A wife of a snake charmer stands inside a burnt part of her house in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 9, 2016. Picture taken November 9, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A wife of a snake charmer prepares dinner as her daughter holds a torch in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 17, 2017. Picture taken January 17, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A daughter of a snake charmer holds her sibling as she stands outside her home in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 17, 2017. Picture taken January 17, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A son of a snake charmer collects buffalo dung to use as cooking fuel in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 16, 2017. Picture taken January 16, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A woman prepares breakfast outside her house in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake charmer sits on a road with his belongings after returning home from a month-long trip in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India January 16, 2017. Picture taken January 16, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A boy closes a snake pot in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 9, 2016. Picture taken November 9, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake charmer carries snake pots and his belongings as he returns home after a month-long trip in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India, January 16, 2017. Picture taken January 16, 2017. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake charmer cleans the eyes of his snake in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 11, 2016. Picture taken November 11, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A baby rests in a hammock as a cobra is seen below him in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 11, 2016. Picture taken November 11, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake pot is seen inside a house of a snake charmer in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 11, 2016. Picture taken November 11, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A daughter of a snake charmer holds snakes as she eats her breakfast in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 11, 2016. Picture taken November 11, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake charmer plays a gourd flute in front of cobras after the morning prayer at a temple in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A snake charmer holds a cobra, which was caught in a house in a near-by village, in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 9, 2016. Picture taken November 9, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Snakes are seen inside a pot in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 11, 2016. Picture taken November 11, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A cobra is seen in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 9, 2016. Picture taken November 9, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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A boy holds a snake as he poses for a photograph in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 9, 2016. Picture taken November 9, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Ashiq Nath poses for a photograph with a snake in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Manish Nath holds a snake as he poses for a photograph in Jogi Dera (Snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Rishi Nath poses for a photograph with a cobra snake in Jogi Dera (Snake charmers settlement), in the village Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Ravi Nath poses for a photograph with a cobra snake in Jogi Dera (Snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Binu Nath poses for a photograph with a snake in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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Marshal Nath poses for a photograph with a snake in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh, India November 10, 2016. Picture taken November 10, 2016. ADNAN ABIDI/REUTERS

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