In Photos: The Festival of Snake-Catchers
The festival of snake-catchers (festa dei serpari) in Cocullo, Italy, is an annual religious procession in which the St Dominic’s statue is carried in procession, covered with living snakes. From a panoramic view of Cocullo village during the annual festival of snake-catchers to a young serparo who shows off his snake, all these photos will amaze you!
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A panoramic view of Cocullo village during the annual festival of snake-catchers
All photos are taken by Antonio Masiello/Getty Images
A snake-catcher (serparo) holds his snakes
Serpari put their snakes on the statue of San Domenico di Sora – St Dominic
Serpari carry the statue, covered with living snakes around the town
A little girl holds a snake
San Domenico is the patron saint of this hilltop village in south Italy
Serpari take back their snakes from the statue
A woman rings the bell with her teeth during the annual festival
A young serparo shows off his snake