This is the moment an Indian snake charmer is fatally bitten on the foot by a snake while trying to tie amulets on them for a Hindu festival.
The incident took place in the district of Saran in the north-eastern Indian state of Bihar during the Raksha Bandhan festival.
Raksha means protection, and in some regions women tie ‘rakhi’ amulets on men’s wrists, regarding them as brothers.
The victim, named as 25-year-old snake charmer Manmohan from the city of Chapra, was reportedly tying rakhi on two snakes when one bit his foot.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital, but doctors were unable to save his life, according to local media.
In the footage, the young man is seen holding the tails of two snakes while turning away to apparently prepare the rakhi to tie to them.
However, while distracted, one snake slithers towards the man’s barefoot and apparently sinks its fangs in.
One man is even heard laughing in the background as the snake charmer checks his bitten foot.
According to reports, Manmohan was a capable snake catcher who also treated villagers who suffered snakebites for nearly a decade.
As a result, many local residents are reportedly finding it hard to believe that he was killed by a snake during the Hindu festival.