SIT TBOW (Cambodia): Cambodians are flocking to see a three-year-old boy they believe was the son of a dragon in a former life because his best friend is a 4m-long python.
Curled up for an afternoon snooze inside the coils of his scaly companion, the child, Oeun Sambath, attracted regular visits from villagers anxious to make use of what they believe were his supernatural powers.
He has been playing with the python ever since he could first crawl, said his mother, Kim Kannara, who was perfectly happy to allow her son to sleep cheek-by-jowl with the giant constrictor even though it could easily consume him.
Traditional beliefs are still strong in Cambodia and it was not long before the boy's friendship with the female snake called Chamreun or Lucky prompted a fortune teller to declare that he must have been the son of a dragon in a previous life.
I don't know what is special about the relationship between my son and the snake whether they were related in their previous lives but they certainly can't be separated, Kannara said. Reuters