Note: Please note that this article contains images of raw meat. If this is offensive to you do not read further.\n\u201cMom what\u2019s for dinner\u201d \u201cStir Fried Python\u201d\nThis would have seemed a bit outlandish had I not seen this first hand in a Bidayuh community home in tribal Sarawak, Borneo.\nMost tribes of Sarawak live in home called \u2018longhouses\u2019 that have private quarters as well as shared spaces. The shared space fosters social bonding that was once critical in the days of the headhunting inter-tribe war.\nThe housing structures are made of bamboo and wood and are built on stilts with each tribe following a unique design that is a tribal signature.\nAnd so as I climbed up the stairs to reach the common hallway with the driver and the hotel guide, I see 2 men washing something at a tap.\nThey looked ordinary and they exhibited no signs of doing anything extraordinary and so I did not notice them.\nBut my driver did \u2013 and pointed out the extraordinary event that I was about to witness \u2013 for the first\u00a0 (and I am sure also the\u00a0 last ) time!\nThey were preparing a python for cooking!\nThe fat python had just been chopped into 4 parts and the first part was now being scaled. Just like a fish is scaled!\nThen the man slit the foot long piece lengthwise and got rid of the innards and opened it up flat. It looked like a clean large chunk of white meat.\nThe second man continuously poured water over the man\u2019s hands and the snake to keep the working area clean.\nThe head had been discarded so upon my request they took it out of a bag in which all the unwanted parts were kept. Yellow eyes.\nI had no idea that looking into those eyes could still evoke some primal fear in me\u2026\nThe men cleaned all the pieces and then it was handed over to the women to cook.\nClick to view slideshow.\nI asked if traps need to be laid out to catch snakes. And they said that these creatures are abundantly available so one just has to go looking and something could be found easily. Trap-laying was for hard times when hunters were faced with scarcity.\nI didn\u2019t stay for dinner \u2013 [as I was not invited ] and went on to the next experience in the longhouse.\njm\nMay 2012\nThe post A Python for Dinner appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.