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The Jaffa were originally human, taken from Earth millenia ago, and have been genetically altered to incubate Goa'uld larvae inside a pouch in the abdomen. While a Jaffa carries a symbiote, he or she is given a longer life (estimated to be approximately 135 years), increased strength, and an enhanced immunity system. Because of these advantages, many of the male Jaffa become warriors serving under a Goa'uld (i.e., Teal'c serviced Apophis). Some Jaffa, both male and female, served the Goa'uld by practicing the rituals of worship associated with recognizing the Goa'uld as a god.