Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures

Kediri, East Java, Indonesia

A cage containing spitting cobras as well as other venomous and non-venomous snakes on the front porch at the home of Samijan, a traditional healer. Samijan specialises in snake potions containing snake blood, bile and spinal cord. According to the family, the blood is for strength and vitality, while the bile has curative properties. The family also treat snakebites, and say that in such cases it is necessary to make the potion from the same type of snake as caused the bite.

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Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures
Kediri, East Java
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42.33 x 28.22 cm (300 dpi)
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