dont know if the snake is the temple's property and is used to be brought to the deity to worship?
any contradicting views?
The Indian Cobra (naja naja) is a protected species under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act (1972). Keeping this snake in captivity is a punishable offence. This snake is naturally present in many temples across India, especially Lord Shiva temples. Only a trained snake catcher can handle it, otherwise it can move swiftly and bite the person trying to handle it. Fear is the cause of death due to snake bite in many cases. If the person bitten by a cobra does not panic (difficult to do so) and is administered anti-venom within half an hour, victim has a good chance of survival.
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I have interacted with the Irulas in Tamil Nadu for nearly a month. What an Irula does not know about a snake is not worth knowing.In India, Anti-venom is not readily available. Moreover, you have to have the specific anti-venom to that snake.
The antivenom must be administered within a specific time.
But generally, the snake charmers Extract the fang of the cobra, this inhumane practice kills the snake.
The snake can not digest milk and does not drink milk. It suffers the milk abishekam and generally drowns.
This thread should not be in Rituals if you really want a scientific discussion.
We need people like you to speak up and not allow superstition to continue. I am surprised that you did not do that/ I generally do not participate in this section. We must stop this inhumane and cruel practice.I have interacted with the Irulas in Tamil Nadu for nearly a month. What an Irula does not know about a snake is not worth knowing.
I have given only some general information for the benefit of forum members. If I had wanted a scientific discussion, I would have discussed in detail about the 4 different types of snake venom, the fact that snakes being reptiles, not mammals, cannot digest milk, snakes do not have cerebral hemisphere and hence cannot retain information or images in their brain. This makes them incapable of taking revenge. Most importantly, they do not have "Nagmani" the mythical gem. I could fill this forum with pages of scientific facts and figures but I fear no member would be interested.
Currently, there is only one organisation—the Chennai-based Irula Snake Catchers’ Industrial Cooperative Society which extracts venom from the so-called “Big Four” species of snakes—the Indian Cobra, Common Krait, Saw-Scaled Viper and Russell’s Viper. Hence, the scarcity.
I do not know about other States, but at present in Maharashtra snake anti-venom is available in many State Govt. hospitals at a reasonable cost. The cost of anti-venom is prohibitive in private hospitals across India. The time within which the anti-venom is required to be administered depends on the snake which has bitten. If the victim is cool and unperturbed, which is rare, anti-venom for cobra can be administered within 30 to 45 minutes. The victim gets an even lesser time in case of the krait or the viper.
My dear SirWe need people like you to speak up and not allow superstition to continue. I am surprised that you did not do that/ I generally do not participate in this section. We must stop this inhumane and cruel practice.
People must be educated.
This thread should be moved to GD section. I would like Mr. Balacs to give a detailed description about snakes and how they are misunderstood.
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