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Out with the snake, in with the alligator? Man weds animal for good fortune

There are countless traditions that are followed religiously by many different communities across the world. While some are quite normal, others are very bizarre, to say the least. One such bizarre tradition is that of a Mexican community that believes that marrying an alligator can bring good luck and fortune to a groom.

One man, the mayor of a small Mexican village, recently said I do to an alligator named Princess who was even dressed up in a wedding dress and veil.

Mexican mayor weds an alligator

Here in South Africa, keeping snakes and other exotic animals to gain good fortune is somewhat of a norm.

It turns out we aren’t the only country with bizarre beliefs and practices and may have actually found some competition in Mexico where men marry alligators to attract good fortune.

According to the New York Post, a mayor in a small Mexican village called Victor Hugo Sosa said “I do” to a small seven-year-old alligator called Princess.

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The wedding ceremony took place on Thursday 30 June in the company of dozens of villagers as trumpets and drums serenaded the air.

Mayors marrying alligators is an age-old tradition in the village and is said to help bring good fortune to the fishing community.

A mayor of a small village in Mexico married an alligator dressed as a bride and even kissed it in an age-old ritual.

Did anyone asked for alligator’s approval for this marriage? 🤣

— Tushar Kant Naik ॐ♫₹ (@Tushar_KN) July 4, 2022

A little help from nature

The wedding ceremony is part of a ritual that can likely be traced back centuries to pre-Hispanic times in the state of Oaxaca’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities, the Post report.

“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” said Sosa after the ceremony.

Meanwhile, the woman who is known as the godmother of the community, Elia Edith Aguilar, said that she is proud of the tradition.

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