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Snake-charmers & Their Lifestyle

Published June 23rd, 2012

Dwellers of village Sonapur of Sunamganj district under Sylhet division are known as Snake-charmers. In Bangla they are called Bede. The predecessors of the community came from Assam of India. Evolving of time they are now settled in Sonapur. Bedepolli, a cluster of snake-charmer households, is situated in the bank of river Surma. Once upon a time, people of this particular ethnic group were invariably nomads. Nowadays it is seen they are settling in some place and live for a long time. Most of the houses are made up of bamboo or brick and corrugated sheet, some are tents. Those who are well-off, make houses by brick. The snake-charmers are inseparably same as mainstream people except only the difference in their customs and values.

There are mainly two types of Bede/snake-charmers: Sapurey and Maal. There is clearly a paradigm shifting seen in Sapure group in terms of life and livelihood. They are more rapidly mainstreamed than latter. What is the core philosophy of this particular ethnic group of people? Mr. Salam, a snake-charmer of about 50, replied by singing a popular Bede-song that expresses such profound happiness of simplicity: “While we cook in one bank, harbor in another port for eating and we ever remain happy having little...” Things are, however, changing. What is his dream to be materialized, he replied promptly: “I dream about establishing a snake farm and cultivate snakes and harvest venom to sell in the foreign market. It is a financially viable sector and pretty good promising that will require a medium scale of capital and some other infrastructure from the state, but we get no support.” Almost all the inhabitants of the entire community are defined as simple, courageous, happy with small things above all a dreamer.

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Sayem_Snake-charmers_1_Tools for removing poison-tooth & taming the snakes

  • March 8th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 38mm / f/11 / 1/250 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_2_A female snake-charmer is making her own living by quackery

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Sayem_Snake-charmers_3_Scene of bergaining to get into a nigotiation with the client in the premise of district bar council

  • February 27th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 36mm / f/11 / 1/250 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_4_Spectators enjoying snake-show performed in a crowd and a children also watching it spellbound in the left

  • February 17th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/5 / 1/60 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_5_Mud-built stove in the open yard is seen in front of every household

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Sayem_Snake-charmers_6_Portrait of typical Bede-women ornamented with traditional rings

  • February 17th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/7.1 / 1/125 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_7_After dinner family reunion ending of another industrious day

  • March 7th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/3.5 / 1/6 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_8_A bede mother is taking care of her daughter & both of them are savoring the taste of happiness

  • February 16th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/4 / 1/40 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_9_Moment of removing poison-tooth

  • March 8th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 38mm / f/5.6 / 1/50 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_10_A snake got back to cage discarding the older skin & they usually get a perfect imprint of body twice to four times a year

  • March 7th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/7.1 / 1/125 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_11_Sometimes the kids perform as snake-charmer to attract the audience

  • February 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/4.5 / 1/50 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_12_Though it is a maltreatment, folks have a belief that they get recovery from physical ache injecting a cylinder-shaped equipment called shingaa applied by the bede people

  • February 16th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/7.1 / 1/125 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_13_Bede-children in front of blackboard chalking out their future in the school established by the Bede community

  • February 18th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 35mm / f/4.5 / 1/50 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_14_Rejoicing the afternoon together young & adult is a common scenario of bede community

  • February 28th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D
  • 36mm / f/22 / 1/100 sec
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Sayem_Snake-charmers_15_A couple of bede kids are in deep sleep at night rigging up a mosquito-curtain

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