Nyani Quarmyne/Panos Pictures

Kediri, East Java, Indonesia

Nanik Sugiarti holding a spitting cobra at her family's home. Her father-in-law, Samijan, is a traditional healer who specialises in herbal potions that feature cobra blood, bile and spinal cord amongst other ingredients. According to the family, the snake 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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