Friday, February 20, 2009

got a tooth? marry a dog.

What would you do if your two-year-old son grew a tooth that seemed premature?

The answer: have him marry the neighbor's dog immediately.

This week, Sagula, a 2-year-old boy from the state of Orissa in India, was married to Jyoti, his neighbor's dog, in a ritual ceremony. The ceremony was attended and performed by nearly 150 townspeople.

The townspeople see the growth of a tooth as a bad omen. They believe that such a tooth will make the child and other townspeople subject to being killed by wild animals, particularly tigers.

"We performed the marriage because it will overcome any curse that might fall on the child as well on us," said the boy's father.

Not to worry. Sagula will be able to remarry a human later and won't need to get a divorce. Jyoti, however, appears to be stuck.

via Reuters

note: the picture above is not connected with this story except that it reflects a similar ceremony

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