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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Snake Bite Festival

"Tribals in Jharkhand celebrated their traditional festival during which the devotees practice a unique ritual of being bitten by snakes to please the Hindu deity Mansa Devil.
"People participating in the snake biting ritual at Mahulia Sol village apply herbal medicines all over their bodies and also eat special herbal medicine named Eklavi that protects them from the poison of snakes.
"According to them, if they chew this medicine, the snakes would find it difficult to bite them and even if they bite the poison won't affect their bodies." ... (News source.)

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