If you look up the definition of ritual, you will see that it reads something like: done in accordance with social custom or normal protocol. Upon landing in New Delhi, I quickly realized that my usual daily 'rituals' would be turned on their head for the duration of my trip. That being said, I sought out some of the local ones, and came upon this snake charmer in a local market. I watched in fascination as he tried and tried to charm said snake, but it just wouldn't happen. His ritual was not going according to plan. I was snapping pictures anyway, and just as I thought he was about to call it a day, he quickly grabbed the snake and 'charmed it manually' I guess you would say. On the next try the little fella on the far left stood right up. Was it charmed or scared, I'll never know.
By Matthew Keesecker, AFAR Local Expert
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