Indian Girl Marries Stray Dog To ‘Lift Curse’
In a remote village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, an 18-year-old girl married a stray dog in order to lift a curse that her family believe she has.
Mangli Munda said yes to the dog in a ceremony her parents organized.
“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.”
Although the girl agreed to the wedding, Munda certainly wasn’t pleased with her parents’ decision.
“I am not happy with this marriage. I will marry a man one day. It is the dream of every girl to marry a Prince Charming. So I am also waiting for my prince.”
However, it wasn’t just her father’s wish; her mother was also determined to proceed with the ceremony.
“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.”
Munda’s mother also said this was the only way her daughter would be able to enjoy a harmonious life.
“Apart from the fact that the groom is a dog, we followed all customs. We respect the dog as much as we would respect a normal groom.”
Naturally, her father supported his wife, stressing the curse couldn’t have been lifted in any other way.
“We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed. And marrying a dog is the only way to get rid of the bad luck.”
Expectedly, Munda is not the only girl in this village forced to marry a dog for good luck.
“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. Many weddings like this have taken place in our village and also the other neighboring villages. This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in.”