Video has emerged from Odisha India of a one-year-old boy getting married to a dog?! This peculiar ritual is reportedly conducted by the regional Santhal tribes whenever a baby is born whose first tooth appears in the upper portion of their gums. Reports also suggest now dowry was involved lol.
Believing this tooth placement to be highly inauspicious, a hastily arranged wedding ceremony between the child and a dog is believed to be the only way to effectively ward off evil spirits.
The wedding is purely ceremonial the boy does not have to perform any romantic dance numbers with the dog. Children who go through with it are supposedly still allowed to form more conventional marital unions later in life. No divorce is needed! Bit harsh on the dog though.
The boy can re-marry later on in life without having to apply for a divorce. A video captured on February 23 shows the wedding party in Bariyan village was a colourful affair, with plenty of smiling guests in brightly coloured outfits.
According to the Daily Star – In 2003, a nine-year-old girl was married to a local dog in the same ritual.
Karnamoni Handsa reportedly had a tooth “rooted to her upper gum”, which her Santhal tribe in the remote village of Khanyan believed was an omen of evil.
Tribe elders said the marriage would not affect the girl’s life, and that she would be free to marry again when she was older without needing to divorce the dog.
“It will not spoil her future. We will marry her off to eligible bachelor when she grows up,” Karnamoni’s mother told AFP at the time.
“I have no regret in marrying the dog Bacchan. I am fond of the dog who moves around our locality,” the girl said.
“Bacchan is a stray dog who survives on leftovers. I will take care of the dog.”