A family and villagers in Baringo have been left in surprise after a python showed up a day after the burial of a dead man.
The deceased, Ewoi Nakorot, was a famous snake keeper who passed away late last month in Kapi ya Samaki village at the age of 86.
He was laid to rest on Thursday, however, the next night an enormous python appeared from the bush near his mud house.
It passed through the old man’s grave, glided into his bed, coiled and slept.
“My husband died after a short illness on June 30 and we buried him on Thursday. The snake visited us on Friday around 11 pm,” the widow, Esther Ewoi, said on Saturday.
She confirmed that the family did not try to drive out or harm the creature, adding “we believe it just decided to visit and mourn its late friend”.
Esther remarked that the snake passed through the gravesite before it glided inside the departed old man’s house, got into his bed, coiled and slept silently.
“To us, this is a blessing. Maybe my late husband manifested himself to us through the snake, which he used to take good care of,” she added.
Esther is famous for her prowess in using local herbs to treat victims of snake bites.
According to Vincent Ewoi, the deceased’s son, the family informed the other villagers the next morning.
The baffled villagers came and witnessed the incident.
Vincent later carried the serpent in his bare hands and released it to the nearby scrubs.
“This is not witchcraft at all because as family snakes have been our main source of livelihood. Our father used to trade in them and trained us to feed and domesticate snakes,” Vincent said.
By Everlyne Bosibori