What Is The Instrument That Snake Charmers Use ?

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What Is The Instrument That Snake Charmers Use ?


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Snake charming is among the oldest professions in the world which involves taming, handling and using wild snakes for street performances. In the early days, it also involved healing people who have been bitten by snakes. At present, traditional snake charmers are found mostly in India and the South Asian region.

These snake charmers still use the traditional instrument for their performance, and they also use traditional techniques for catching and handling snakes as well as carrying out street performances.

When one talks of snake charmers, the first thing that comes to one’s mind is the traditional flute-type instrument, which they play during the performances. This wind instrument which produces sound similar to a Scottish Bagpipe and was, for long, thought to have hypnotic power, is called a Been or Pungi. It is a flute-like instrument which produces sound when air is blown through it. The main difference, however, is that unlike the flute, it has a thick, almost spherical center. The traditional Been or Pungi is made from dried bottle gourd.  

In early days, it was thought that the hypnotic sound produced by the snake charmer's instrument had the power to control and mesmerize the snake. However, this belief was shattered in modern times once it was proven that snakes do not have ears, and hence, cannot hear the sounds that emit from the instrument. Like any musical instrument, playing a snake charmer's instrument can be quite difficult, and it needs years of practice for the snake charmer to be able to play the right tune.

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