A 18-year-old Indian young lady has married a stray canine as a a tribal ritual intended to avert an evil spell.
Mangli Munda, from a remote town in the eastern Indian territory of Jharkhand, marry the canine in a luxurious service.
The wedding was quickly sorted out by town elders after a nearby master drove Mangli’s parents to trust that the young girl possessed ill-luck and that wedding a man would bring destruction to the family and her community
Mangli, who has not been to school, said she was not happy to wed a dog, but insisted that 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.
He said: ‘The village elders told us that we should organise the wedding as soon as we can. We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed.
And amazingly, this is 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 neighbouring 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.
‘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 pursued all traditions. We regard the dog as much as we would regard an ordinary lucky man,’ said Mangli’s mom Seems Devi.
‘We needed to burn through cash on this wedding similarly as we would in an ordinary wedding. Be that as it may, that is the main way we can dispose of her misfortune and guarantee the kindheartedness of the town.’
Presently with the wedding function over, Mangli needs to deal with the dog and raise him as a pet for the following couple of months.
Mangli included: ‘I will wed a man one day. It is the dream of each young lady to wed a prince charming . So I am additionally sitting tight for my prince charming.’