Marriages can be tricky. But no one can possibly imagine just how complicated this marriage of a Mexican mayor will be.
In an elaborate wedding ceremony, Mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas married his bride who was dressed in white. Incidentally, the ceremony was complete with a priest officiating and the guests “danced” with the newly married couple. While this all sounds very standard, the bride of the mayor wasn’t a human.
This Mexican mayor chose to marry a female crocodile. The reptile seen in the video is quite young, but is considered a princess in regional customs. The marriage is supposed to boost catches of fish, shrimp, and other seafood along the Pacific coast, reported Sky News.
Before the ceremony commenced, the soon-to-be bride and groom, along with the marriage party, walked through the southern Mexican town of San Pedro Huamelula seeking the blessings of the town’s elders. It was supposed to be a joyful parade which is strongly hoped will bring good fortune on the town. In fact, the mayor publicly announced his desire to marry the crocodile to help the town.
“It’s my wish to marry the young princess,” Mayor Joel Vasquez Rojas said as the pair tied the knot. He then “danced” with his new wife in his arms. They were immediately joined by the town folk who are now confident that the marriage will garner them good catches from the sea.
Apparently, this is an annual ritual that has been going on for ages. Speaking about the tradition, a local said, “As young people, this means a lot.”
“It’s the greatest treasure our ancestors have left us,” reported BBC.
Though this may be a wedding, the entire town celebrates the occasion and they even fund the same. All the houses in the small Mexican town are supposed to contribute to the wedding. The contribution isn’t voluntary. The village elders decide the expense, and the sum is equally divided within the houses, who then have to come forth and deposit their share. Apart from financial assistance to the wedding, townsfolk can even offer labor services, decoration, and fireworks.
As the day approaches, once again the elders get together and pick a female crocodile from one of the many rivers that meet the Pacific sea coast. The reptile is primed and, if not mild-mannered, sedated for the ceremony. Elders have long believed that such a tradition is direly needed to ensure that fishing, the main occupation of the town, remains blessed.
[Image Credit | Christina McNeill]