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Snakes abound at Italian village's annual ritual

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May 1, 2014
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Dozens of snakes were brought out for a traditional May Day religious celebration in the Italian village of Cocullo in the Apennine Mountains on Thursday. Duration: 01:01 Video provided by AFP


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