My I have your paw in marriage? This may be a strange question to ask, but a woman in India is now the paw-fully wedded wife of a dog. It sounds absurd, but it’s true.
In a distant section of India, Mangli Munda married a stray dog. Her family made her do so because a local guru said that she was under an evil spell.
According to the guru, if she married a man it would be disastrous for the Munda, her family, and the entire village. “I am not happy with this marriage,” said the young bride.
Munda’s father found the stray dog named Sheru. He was chauffeured to the wedding in an automobile, a relatively expensive luxury in this rural community.
“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,” said Munda’s mother.
Fortunately, Munda will not have to stay married to a pooch for the rest of her life. The relationship isn’t legally binding.
“I am marrying a dog because the village elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog,” she said. “After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life.”
Others in the area have had similar marriages. The purpose of such as wedding is to pass the evil spell on to the dog. This is supposed to guarantee a long and prosperous marriage when the bride ultimately marries a human husband.
Munda’s final words on the matter: “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…This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in.”