Pythons are one of the worlds largest snakes. They are non venomous and kill their prey by constriction. A python coils itself around its target and squeezes the life out of it. So how the hell do you explain the photo below. Please do click on the photo to enlarge it.
photograph by permanently scatterbrained
The photo is from Flickr’s Creative Commons archive which is a source I occasionally use for photographs. If I’d personally witnessed the scene I think I would have felt too appalled to have clicked the shot myself, but I don’t mean that in any derogatory form against the person who did take it. In fact, I’d say it is a great representation of the huge difference in Asian and Western cultures.
The photo was taken in Thailand, its whereabouts I don’t know, but I’m sure if you travelled the country for the next 50 years you wouldn’t snap a similar scene. I’m not for one minute suggesting this is a regular theme in Thailand, but I do wonder what reaction it would have if the photo ever hit their media news ( I’m assuming it never has ). I believe the young kid would immediately become a mini celebrity (pun intended).
Imagine the reaction to this photo if it had been taken in America, Germany, Australia or the UK. Social workers would have a field day. Again I’m not suggesting this is common practice in Thailand, but I offer it to you as an example (somewhat exaggerated), of the kind of culture and reality shocks you will or will have encountered on a long stay in Thailand. Do you think I am right or wrong with my extreme example.
I’ll keep this post short and just add the following questions.
- If you are considering travelling to Thailand for the first time, has this post and included image given you a different perspective of the country.
- If you are a regular visitor to Thailand’s tourist friendly resorts, has this photograph shocked you.
- Lastly to all expats and long term Thailand regulars do you have any experiences of your own which are on a similar ‘shocking’ plane.
I’ll hand this one over to you.
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