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- The giant python appeared just two days after William Ewoi was buried in his home
- It is believed that the python’s appearance was a form of appreciation and respect for the snake leader
- William’s son Vincent Ewoi hailed the incident, saying it was a sign that her late father, who loved snakes, has returned home
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Residents of Kampi Samaki Village, Baringo District, were in awe when a python slipped to the home of a snake handler who died and was buried on Thursday, July 8th.
The family of 86-year-old snake master William Ewoi said the animal’s visit was a sign of happiness. Photo: Caroline Guevara.
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Just two days after William Ewoi was buried in his home, the giant python appeared and made journeys between his home and his grave as if paying his final respects.
The reptile was so focused that it was not bothered by the noise of the villagers who had shown up at Ewoi’s house to witness the startling scene.
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It is believed that the python’s appearance was a form of appreciation and respect for the snake handler for the good care and protection he provided to the snakes.
The 86-year-old snake master’s family paid tribute to the incident, saying the reptile’s visit was a sign of good luck.
His son Vincent Ewoi hailed the incident, saying it was a sign that her late father, who loved snakes, has returned home.
Vincent said before his father died that he said the snake would appear.
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Not a witch
Vincent further disproved the common notion that snake handlers are witches or wizards.
Instead, he said his father would catch snakes, milk their venom, and present the reptile to tourists visiting Lake Baringo.
The poison harvested would be sold locally and internationally.
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“It’s not witchcraft at all, because as a family, snakes were our main source of income. Our father traded with them and taught us to feed and domesticate snakes, ”Vincent said.
The deceased’s wife, Easter Ewoi, said they would not kill the animal. She added that they would continue to treat snakebite victims the same way as William did.
Honored by the National Museums of Kenya
William had been honored by the National Museums of Kenya. He has been described as a gifted freelance reptile collector.
In a separate story, the late Paul Chemng’ok’s family had to obey instructions contained in his will ordering that he should not be buried with fanfare or grandeur.
There was no modern coffin, sermons, eulogies, speeches and condolences during his funeral on Saturday, July 10th, attended by hundreds of mourners.
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