Mayor marries alligator wearing white wedding dress in historic ritual
The mayor of a small fishing village in Mexico hopes his new bride will croc his world after tying the knot with an alligator wearing a white wedding dress.
Victor Hugo Sosa and his cold-blooded companion sealed their marriage with a kiss as part of a centuries-old ritual to secure nature’s abundance in San Pedro Huamelula.
The seven-year-old reptile, referred to as Little Princess, had her snout tied shut in a bid to avoid unwanted snapping.
The ritual is thought to date back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among Chontal and Huave indigenous communities in Oaxaca state, south-west Mexico.
Traditional music rang out as revellers danced during the ceremony on Thursday.
‘We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,’ Sosa said.
Oaxaca is home to many indigenous groups who are determined to preserve their languages and traditions.
The mayor pecks his bride on the snout during their nuptials in San Pedro Huamelula
The ritual is thought to date back centuries
The bride’s snout was tied to avoid unwanted biting
The ritual in San Pedro Huamelula also acknowledges Catholic spirituality and involves dressing an alligator or caiman in a white wedding dress.
Locals carried the bride in their arms through village streets as men fanned it with their hats.
‘It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots, said Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother who organized the wedding.
‘It’s a very beautiful tradition.’
Little Princess is revered as a deity representing mother earth
She described feeling ‘privileged’ to carry out the ceremony – and admitted spending a lot of time considering the bride’s outfit.
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