These Are India's Last Surviving Snake Charmers Of Jogi Dera In Uttar Pradesh

Once common place, snake charmers or sapera are a dying breed. Here is some epic pictures that show the life of a snake charmer in the village of Baghpur, in the central state of Uttar Pradesh. Snake charmers settlement in Jogi Dera shows how to they make ends meet. 

1. Ravi Nath poses for a photograph with a cobra in Jogi Dera (snake charmers settlement), in Baghpur village in Uttar Pradesh.

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2. A snake charmer cleans the eyes of his snake.

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3. A sapera plays a gourd flute in front of cobras after the morning prayer at a temple in Jogi Dera.

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4. A baby rests in a hammock as a cobra is seen below him in the snake charmer settlement in Baghpur. 

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  • 5. Children of snake charmers attend a class at their school in the village of Baghpur. 

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    6. Children of a snake charmer prepare dinner outside their home in jogi dera.

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    7. Children of snake charmers sit next to a fire on a cold winter evening in jogi dera. 

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    8. A wife of a snake charmer prepares dinner as her daughter holds a torch. 

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    9. Posters are seen inside a house of a snake charmer. 

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    10. A wife of a snake charmer holds her baby as she stands outside her house. 

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    11. A son of a snake charmer collects buffalo dung to use as cooking fuel.

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    12. A woman prepares breakfast outside her house in Baghpur village. 

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    13. Wife of a snake charmer sleeps outside her home in.

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    14. Daughter of a snake charmer holds snakes as she eats her breakfast. 

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    15. Snakes are seen inside a pot. The snake charmers are now called in to remove snakes that enter people’s homes.

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    16. A snake charmer sits on a road with his belongings after returning home from a month-long trip. 

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    17. A snake charmer holds a cobra, which was caught in a house in a near-by village. 

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    18. A cobra, belonging to one of the snake charmers.

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    19. Rishi Nath poses for a photograph with a cobra snake.

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    20. A snake pot is seen inside a house of a snake charmer.

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    21. Ashiq Nath poses for a photograph with a snake.

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    With Inputs Reuters

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