An Indian teen married a dog during a traditional Indian ceremony after village elders told her that it would get rid of an evil spell.
18-year-old Mangli Munda was forced to marry the dog after a local guru told her parents that she was under a spell that brought her bad luck. Munda says she was not happy to marry the dog, but she did it because the elders said the spell would be passed onto the canine once she went through with the ceremony.
"The village elders told us that we should organise the wedding as soon as we can,” said the teen’s father Sri Amnmunda, who found the stray dog named Sheru. “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. Many weddings like this have taken place in our village and also the other neighbouring villages. This is a custom that we thoroughly believe in.”
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The 18-year-old teen says she plans to go on and marry a man and only went through with the ceremony so that she could get rid of the curse.
“I am marrying a dog because the village elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog,” said Munda. “After that is done, the man I will marry will have a long life. 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. I will also be free to marry a man of my dreams after after the evil spell is over.”
Most of the villagers attended the lavish ceremony, which the young woman’s parents say they treated like an actual wedding, spending money on the same things they would if she was marrying a man. Now that the girl is married to Sheru, she will have to take care of him and raise him as her pet for some time. Meanwhile, Munda says she is “waiting for my prince.”