Every community has its own unique rituals, many of which to those on the outside might seem bizarre. In a similarly ‘bizarre’ incident, the mayor of a small Mexican town married an alligator.
This astonishing ritual ceremony took place in San Pedro Huamelula. The bride was an Alligator and the groom was Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa. On Thursday (June 29) in the colorful ceremony filled with traditional music, and clothes, surrounded by dancing revelers, and guests, the indigenous leader sealed the nuptials with a kiss. For safety reasons, and to escape unwanted bites or loss of a minor limb, the bride’s mouth had been tied shut.
The ritual marriage likely dates back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among Oaxaca state’s Chontal and Huave indigenous communities, like a prayer pleading for nature’s bounty. “We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” said Sosa, mayor of the small fishing village on Oaxaca’s steamy Pacific coast. The union which was sealed with a kiss symbolized the joining of humans with the divine for the locals.
Oaxaca, located in Mexico’s poor south, is arguably the country’s richest in indigenous culture and home to many groups that have stubbornly maintained their languages and traditions.
The age-old ritual in San Pedro Huamelula, now mixed with Catholic spirituality, involves dressing the alligator or caiman in a white wedding dress plus other colorful garments.
The seven-year-old reptile, referred to as a little princess, is believed to be a deity representing mother earth, and her marriage to the local leader symbolizes the joining of humans with the divine.
The report said locals carried the alligator bride in their arms through the streets of the village, with men fanning it with their hats, amid blaring of trumpets and beating of drums.”It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots,” Elia Edith Aguilar, the godmother who organized the wedding, was quoted as saying.
She said that she feels privileged to be entrusted with carrying out the ceremony, and noted she spent a lot of time fretting over what the bride would wear. “It’s a very beautiful tradition,” she added with a smile.