Snake and the City
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Snake Charmer in Marrakech
Posted by: Michael | Categories: People

Forget about mice and spiders. There is barely another species that gives so many people the creeps like snakes.

Fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many people have never seen a snake in person. Some researchers believe that the fear may be evolutionary, developed by our ancestors as a survival mechanism. This theory, however, would not explain why snake phobias are relatively common, while fears of predatory animals, such as tigers or jaguars, are rare. Whatever the reason might be, snakes are surely one of the unusual sights that will surprise you while strolling across the Djamaa El Fna Square in Marrakech (Morocco). It’s one of the few places still left, where you can see snake charmers playing music in front of their animal and – probably more importantly – in front of tourists.

You might admire more the story tellers, orange juice vendors, drummers and musicians or hundreds of sellers offering everything from witchcraft ingredients to wonderful food but after one day in Marrakech you will know whether you suffer of Ophidiophobia – the fear of snakes.

Check out this extensive list of phobias, you will definetly smile.


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2 Responses to "Snake and the City"

  1. 04/01/2012

    Hi Michael,

    A stunning shot. I would say that’s not an everyday occurrence taking a snake for a walk, but at the Djamaa El Fna it really is! You must have loved it there, as there are endless photo opportunities.

    Love the blog, kind regards, Si

    • 05/01/2012

      Hi Si,
      absolutely right. Snakes going for a walk is pretty unusual in my normal neighborhood. Nice page you have.

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