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Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 01:36 AM

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An infant boy was married off to his neighbors' dog in eastern India by villagers, who said it will stop the groom from being killed by wild animals, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

Around 150 tribespeople performed the ritual recently in a hamlet in the state of Orissa's Jajpur district after the boy, who is under two years old, grew a tooth on his upper gum.

The Munda tribe see such a growth in young children as a bad omen and believe it makes them prone to attacks by tigers and other animals. The tribal god will bless the child and ward off evil spirits after the marriage.

"We performed the marriage because it will overcome any curse that might fall on the child as well on us," the boy's father, Sanarumala Munda, was quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

The groom, Sagula, was carried by his family in a procession to the village temple, where a priest solemnized the marriage between Sagula and his bride, Jyoti, by chanting Sanskrit hymns, a witness said.

The dog belongs to the groom's neighbors and was set free to roam around the area after the ceremony. No dowry was exchanged, the witness said, and the boy will still be able to marry a human bride in the future without filing for divorce.

Indian law does not recognize weddings between people and animals, but the ritual survives in rural and tribal areas of the country.


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Re: Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 01:48 AM

It's just something they believe in, so they do it for protection. It's a little odd, but I'm sure they think things that we do are odd as well.


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Re: Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 02:05 AM

since the boy is so young, i don't think it will present any problems.. although it is odd.

it's not like he's going to have sex with the dog, i see no harm done.
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Re: Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 03:27 AM

Eh, different people have different beliefs...some people probaly think anyone who keeps a rabbits foot or horse shoes for luck are totally nuts...its just what you believe.


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Re: Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 04:25 AM

Seems odd but there didn't seem to be any beastiality, so I don't see a problem.
   
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Re: Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks - February 19th 2009, 11:46 AM

Different cultures, different beliefs, different traditions. I doubt there will be any lasting harm done to the boy because of this. It's just a bit... weird from our perspective.


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