Thursday, 6 July 2017
Mexican mayor marries crocodile to 'bring luck' to local fishermen
A Mexican mayor has married a CROCODILE in a bizarre ceremony as part of an age old tradition to 'bring luck' to local fishermen. The female crocodile - known as 'The Princess' - was baptised on Thursday then subsequently dressed in a custom-made wedding dress and had her jaws clamped shut for the big day on Friday. She also wore a veil as she was paraded through streets, accompanied by band music.
After the procession, the reptile was married to the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula Victor Aguilarand in the town hall. The the croc got hitched as part of a ritual which has been practised by the Chontal Indians since 1789. They believe the ceremony will bring good luck and prosperity to local fishermen along the Pacific coast of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca state.
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According to custom, the crocodile is regarded as a princess, and it's believed she will bring peace and prosperity to their community. Mr Aguilar said: "The marenos [referring to the local residents], call her 'The Princess'.
"So the role that I play is to be the husband of the princess."
A wedding guest said afterwards: "The dance they do here is like an offer to God, to thank for the land, the harvest, the fish."