India girl marries dog to ward off evil spirits
In a remote part of India, young Mangli Munda is
marrying a stray dog to fight off evil spirits that
her family believes she has.
The dog was found by the woman’s father. The big
wedding was taken care of by the 18-year-old’s
parents, to the dismay of the wife-to-be. Munda
wasn’t pleased with her parents’ selection of a
groom, saying, “I am not happy with this
If you think Munda’s father was solely to blame
for this unusual arrangement, he wasn’t. Munda’s
mother was adamant about the need for her
daughter to get hitched to the hound named
Sheru. The pooch even arrived stylin’ and profilin’
as most grooms often do — chauffeured in a car.
Munda’s mother mentioned, “We have to spend
money on this wedding. That is the only way we
can get rid of her bad luck and ensure the
benevolence of the village.”
But Munda won’t have to love and honor her
husband all the days of her life. The relationship
isn’t legally binding, which will probably keep this
bride from going barking mad.
In this remote village in the eastern state of
Jharkhand, the ceremony isn’t unheard of. It’s just
a tradition meant to ensure the longevity of a
couple’s marriage when Munda is eventually
married to a human groom. And, hopefully, her
next husband won’t turn out to be a dog.
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