Two-year-old Indian 'marries dog'
A two-year-old boy has been "married" to a dog in eastern India to "ward off evil spirits and bad luck".
The "marriage" took place in a village in Jajpur district on Monday.
The "groom", Sagula Munda, was taken to the house of the dog, called Jyoti, in a highly decorated rickshaw and priests solemnised the ceremony.The boy's father said such "marriages" were a tradition and would help ease the bad omen of the tooth rooted in Sagula's upper gum.
Like in every Hindu marriage, the priests chanted Sankrit prayers and hymns and there was an accompanying feast.
The boy's father, Sanrumula Munda, said of the wedding: "Tribals not only in this state but also in neighbouring Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, observe such practices to keep the evil spirits away."
Arranging "marriages" with dogs kept children protected from ghosts and bad luck, he said.
The parents of Sagula and other local people consider the biological tooth defect a bad omen both for the family and neighbours.
The "bride's" father, Parakrama Munda, said: "This is just a ceremony to please the tribal deity - in the great epic Mahabharat a dog helped the Pandavas reach heaven."
He said it was a superstition, like wearing a stone or a talisman.One attending resident, Dushmant Rout, said the "bride" had spent a few hours at the "groom's" house "but not inside the room... she stayed on the verandah".
Hmm...buzzing bee heard lots of nonsense things that human do to avoid bad karma, but marrying your child to a dog...thats even crazier...Ntah la...Bukan ke manusia mempunyai akal yg mampu berfikir logik? Pelik...pelik