The people of this village are known as Bedey, a caste of gypsies renowned for their proficiency with snakes, especially deadly ones. Years ago the Bedey were nomadic, living on house boats and moving from place to place via the many water routes snaking (pardon the pun) across Bangladesh. They made their living selling medicines, catching snakes for those in need, and providing entertainment in towns and villages along the way. As this way of life became more and more difficult some started to settle down. Dholu's father was one such individual and the one who built the houses where Dholu now resides with his two brothers and their families. However, their passion for snakes is alive and well within the village. The snakes provide income in a number of ways.
Not long after I arrived at Dholu's home boxes were brought out containing serpentine residents. The first was a species of cobra. He (or she) was not particularly stoked to come out and play. This was not my first close cobra encounter. While in Indonesia I had the honor of making one's acquaintance, although on that occasion I sort of ate one for dinner. (See Mas Mul). Not sure these folks would have appreciated that story so I kept it to myself.