WATER HOG wrote::shock: had one strike at me close to that size in December in south TX. a few yrs ago , hit my pants leg I back peddeled about 20 ft so fast, I fell damaged my riffel , shaking from fear I drew my 9mm empted the 15 round clip . she never ratteled until after she struck , I respect snakes , I grew up in snake country ,and still respect them .
The Hopi snake dance ritual, performed as an incantation to bring rain for an abundant harvest, was one of the rituals photographed by Curtis. While the dancer clutched a rattlesnake in his teeth, he was followed by a "hugger," who calmed the snake with a feathered stick. Once the dance concluded, the snakes were released in the plaza, where women sprinkled them with cornmeal. Runners would pick up the snakes and carry them in four directions before releasing them in the desert. According to Hopi tradition, the snakes return to the underworld carrying prayers to the rain god. Examine Curtis's photographs showing different elements of the Hopi ritual dance, as well as photographs of other dances intended to bring rain:
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