This snake belongs to a snake charmer in the Jamaa el Fna square on the edge of the medina (old city) in Marrakech, Morroco. It is an Egyptian cobra (Naja haje). Cobras are beautiful animals. Their subtlety and variation in color reveals how beautiful these snakes really are.
The act of snake charming has been around for a long time. The skills are handed down through families and they have been making a living doing this for generations. This is a unique cultural phenomenon that can only be seen in a few places in the world and Marrakech is one of them.
- © 2014 Gene Eckhart
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