Friday, September 5, 2014
A teenager married a dog during a lavish Indian wedding in front of at least 70 guests
Mangli Munda, 18, from a remote part of eastern India, was told by village elders that marrying the confused canine would ward off an evil spell. A local guru told her parents the teenager possessed ill-luck and that marrying a man would bring destruction to the family and her community. The baffled dog, Sheru, was brought to the wedding in a chauffeur driven car and welcomed by revellers. Mangli, who has not been to school, said that she was not happy to wed a dog, but insisted it will help change her fortunes. The hesitant bride said: "I am marrying a dog because the village elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog. After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life." Mangli's father Sri Amnmunda agreed and even found a stray dog named Sheru as a match for his daughter. He said: "The village elders told us that we should organize the wedding as soon as we can. We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed. And marrying a dog is the only way to get rid of the bad luck." And amazingly, this not the first time that a local girl has wed a dog in the village. Sri added: "Many weddings like this have taken place in our village and also the other neighboring villages. This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in." According to the village's customs, the marriage will not affect Mangli’s life, and she will be free to marry again later without divorcing the dog. "My villagers say that many girls like me have followed this ritual and they have gotten rid of their evil spells and are living happy lives now," said Mangli. "I will also be free to marry a man of my dreams after after the evil spell is over." At the wedding ceremony, people danced to traditional drumming, while around 70 relatives and local villagers attended the wedding. "Apart from the fact that the groom is a dog, we followed all customs. We respect the dog as much as we would respect a normal groom," said Mangli's mother Seems Devi. "We had to spend money on this wedding in the same way as we would in a normal wedding. But that is the only way we can get rid of her bad luck and ensure the benevolence of the village."