Volume 2 Issue 24 | December 8, 2007 |


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Editor's Note

Charming Gestures

When urban people want to be entertained on their evenings off, they don't exactly plan on seeing snake charmers these days. Where does one even go in order to see a snake charmer? Even though their numbers are dwindling the Shapures of the Bede community still do exist. Their existence is wandering. They go from town to town not only making snakes 'dance' but also offering alternative remedies for possible illnesses. Understandably most city dwellers are skeptical of this sort of thing. This makes the snake charmers perform mostly to lower-income, lower-education groups because their super-colorful stories about snakes and medicine are a bit too much for urban people. Nevertheless, there's nothing wrong with having a little fun out of being up-close with a potentially lethal little creature such as a snake, and when the performance is over, walking away unharmed.

Abak Hussain
From the Insight Desk


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