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
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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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

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
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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