We all have in mind, if they were to ask us, how an Indian wedding is, or who the bride and the groom look like. Well, remove that thought from your innocent mind and take a look:
An 18-year-old Indian girl named Munda Mangli got married in a tribal ceremony with a stray dog, to get to break a curse that would affect her and her community.
The elders of Jharkhanda, the village in which this extravagant fact happened, advised the parents of the girl to celebrate the wedding when a local guru convinced them that Munda was under an evil spell, which would bring the destruction of the family and the community if she married a man. In case this was not enough, every man she’d marry with would die too.
According to the beliefs of the tribe, the dog, named Sheru, will serve as a kind of vessel for channeling the misfortunes of Munda. Also, it will be ensured that nothing happens to the dog, so it will allow Munda to break the spell and in the future she will be able to marry a young man.
About 70 members of the village and the family of the bride attended the tribal ceremony, everything as formal as a wedding can be. The family of the bride attired in Sheru with flowers and traditional clothing, like a man; and they danced with him and the bride, at the rhythm of the drums, as the tradition says in conventional weddings in the village. Now the young girl will raise the dog as her pet and her parents have already said they will respect Sheru as much as if it was a normal boyfriend.
In this small town of Jharkhanda, and neighboring towns, such weddings are quite common: it is a well established and respected tradition by locals.