Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Truth Is Stranger #62: You Think Marriage Has Problems In The U.S.?

With all due respect to most Hindus who don't do this sort of thing, I present: Inter-species marriage out of India.

NEW DELHI - A man in southern India married a female dog in a traditional Hindu ceremony as an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death — an act he believes cursed him — a newspaper reported Tuesday.

P. Selvakumar married the sari-draped former stray named Selvi, chosen by family members and then bathed and clothed for the ceremony Sunday at a Hindu temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Hindustan Times newspaper said.

Selvakumar, 33, told the paper he had been suffering since he stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree 15 years ago.

"After that my legs and hands got paralyzed and I lost hearing in one ear," he said in the report.

The paper said an astrologer had told Selvakumar the wedding was the only way he could cure the maladies. It did not say whether his situation had improved.

More here.

I'm all for this man doing some kind of atonement for that heinous act, but couldn't he adopt some dogs as treasured pets instead?


Paul Cat said...

Wow. That is all I can muster.

Anonymous said...

Marriage doesn't mean sex, of course. Apparently Aishwaria Rai married a tree because she was told that her first husband would die or something. Marriage is not the same all over the world.