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Mistress of Serpents… Vintage Photos of Snake Charmers

One of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies was the music video shoot in Wayne’s World, the one where near-naked Tia Carrare plays guitar with a python writhing around her. I was a 12-year-old crushing on a babe in 1992, but the “hot woman handling a large snake” has been a pretty popular theme for the past century or more. The snake charmer was a star attraction at the circuses of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The female snake charmers were especially popular – they were presented as highly sexed and animalistic, coaxing these wild, dangerous animals into submission. I wonder how many wives pulled their husbands away from the snake charmer’s seductive gaze, worried that the scantily-clad woman was looking to handle their married pythons?

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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