|Badass Burmese girl, snake priestess Saya Hnin-Mayla, kissing the star on the head of a King Cobra.|
This will be the first in a series of stories featuring badass girls in my native country. The Burmese mermaid counts herself among this elite group.
In the hills of Northern Burma shaman priestesses perform a ceremonial dance with King Cobras, luring them from caves and planting kisses on their hooded heads. The cobras are in a kind of trance, apparently created by the lithe movements of the young priestesses. As you can imagine, it's a deadly game, but few priestesses, surprisingly, die from this wildly dangerous devotional sport.
King Cobras are highly poisonous snakes. They are also extremely strong and agile and can strike a target five to ten feet away. Those who are bitten die a horrible and painful death rather quickly. But the priestesses are Badass Burmese girls, impervious to the sting of death and unafraid, like their mermaid sisters of the sea.