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18-Year-Old Indi­an Girl Mar­ries A Dog, You’ll be Shocked at the Rea­son!

An 18-year-old Indi­an girl has mar­ried a stray dog as part of a trib­al rit­u­al designed to ward off an evil spell.

Man­gli Mun­da, from a remote vil­lage in the east­ern Indi­an state of Jhark­hand, wed the canine in a lav­ish cer­e­mo­ny.

The wed­ding was hasti­ly organ­ised by vil­lage elders after a local guru led Mangli’s par­ents to believe that the teenag­er pos­sessed ill-luck and that mar­ry­ing a man would bring destruc­tion to the fam­i­ly and her com­mu­ni­ty.

Ruff deal: An 18-year-old girl in India (pictured) was ordered by village elders to marry a dog (left) to lift a bad-luck curse that's hanging over her
Ruff deal: An 18-year-old girl in India (pic­tured) was ordered by vil­lage elders to mar­ry a dog (left) to lift a bad-luck curse that’s hang­ing over her [Pho­to Cred­it: Bar­croft India]
Ceremony: The dog, Sheru, a stray, falls asleep during the lavish ceremony
Cer­e­mo­ny: The dog, Sheru, a stray, falls asleep dur­ing the lav­ish cer­e­mo­ny [Pho­to Cred­it: Bar­croft India]

Man­gli, who has not been to school, said she was not hap­py to wed a dog, but insist­ed that it will help change her for­tunes.

The hes­i­tant bride said: ‘I am mar­ry­ing a dog because the vil­lage elders believe that my evil spell will be passed on to the dog.

After that is done, the man I will mar­ry will have a long life.’

Mangli’s father Sri Amn­mun­da agreed.

He said: ‘The vil­lage elders told us that we should organ­ise the wed­ding as soon as we can. We had to make sure that the evil spell is destroyed.

Tradition: Rituals being performed during the wedding in the remote village
Tra­di­tion: Rit­u­als being per­formed dur­ing the wed­ding in the remote vil­lage [Pho­to Cred­it: Bar­croft India]
Good turn-out: Around 70 relatives attended the ceremony in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand
Good turn-out: Around 70 rel­a­tives attend­ed the cer­e­mo­ny in the east­ern Indi­an state of Jhark­hand [Pho­to Cred­it: Bar­croft India]

And amaz­ing­ly, this is not the first time that a local girl has wed a dog in the vil­lage.

Sri added: ‘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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Accord­ing to the village’s cus­toms, the mar­riage will not affect Mangli’s life, and she will be free to mar­ry again lat­er with­out divorc­ing the dog.

The big day: Mangli Munda poses with her father, Sri Amnmunda, and her stray dog husband
The big day: Man­gli Mun­da pos­es with her father, Sri Amn­mun­da, and her stray dog hus­band [Pho­to Cred­it; Bar­croft India]

I will also be free to mar­ry a man of my dreams after after the evil spell is over.’

At the wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, peo­ple danced to tra­di­tion­al drum­ming, while around 70 rel­a­tives and local vil­lagers attend­ed the wed­ding.

VIP: The bride's father carries Sheru in his friend's car on the wedding day
VIP: The bride’s father car­ries Sheru in his friend’s car on the wed­ding day [Pho­to Cred­it: Bar­croft India]

We had to spend mon­ey on this wed­ding in the same way as we would in a nor­mal wed­ding. But that is the only way we can get rid of her bad luck and ensure the benev­o­lence of the vil­lage.’

Now with the mar­riage cer­e­mo­ny over, Man­gli has to take care of the dog and raise him as a pet for the next few months.

Man­gli added: ‘I will mar­ry a man one day. It is the dream of every girl to mar­ry a prince charm­ing. So I am also wait­ing for my prince.’

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