Villager Sommard Marurat prays at his shrine to king cobras, which Thais refer to as angel snakes, in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Photo: Tibor Krausz

King cobras in Thailand: why some villagers worship the snake and others drink its blood

To some rural Thais the cobra is the ‘angel snake’, whose presence is a good omen; to others it is a creature to be killed to supply them with energy

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Villager Sommard Marurat prays at his shrine to king cobras, which Thais refer to as angel snakes, in the southern Thai province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Photo: Tibor Krausz
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