It is no game for the soft of sinewand the gentle of spirit. Thehigherand dirtiercroquet-playercanusetheguile of a cobra and the inhumanity of a boa constrictor.
I clearly see you a tapeworm, but not a cobra, not a cobra at all...no good at the flute! (…) I’ll go applaud you when you finally become a true monster, when you’ll have paid them, the witches, what you have to, their price, so they transmute you, blossom you, into a true phenomenon. Into a tapeworm that plays the flute. (To the Fidgeting Lunatic)louis-ferdinand céline
There exists a wide spread belief that the same animal (cobra) has power to impart fecundity and remove barrenness.
In Kerala it is common to find in the houses of the high-caste Hindus a shrine for cobras in the south western corner of the large compound round the ancestral house.