A Mexican mayor has a married a crocodile in a bizarre ceremony as part of an age old tradition to bring luck to local fisherman.
The female crocodile known as “The Princess” was baptized and was made to wear a custom-made wedding dress for her upcoming wedding ceremony. She also wear a veil, a dress and paraded through the streets with music accompaniment.
After the procession is over the reptile is married to mayor Victor Aguilar in the town hall. The reptile has been married to the mayor is actually a ritual that has been practiced by the Chontol Indians since 1789.
A mayor in Mexico married a crocodile as part of a tradition.
The crocodile was dressed in a wedding gown
It was also paraded through the streets.
Before the mayor marries her in a ceremony.
Marrying a crocodile is said to bring prosperity and good luck to local fisherman.
There is a history behind this old tradition. The wedding ceremony signifies the union of native groups, the Chontales and the Huaves or Marenos. These two groups didn’t lived in harmony during the pre-Hispanic times. The original settlers of the Pacific Coast were the Chontales when the Huaves arrived on their land. Both groups claimed that they can bring prosperity to the harvest.
According to the local news reported via CNN the conflict between the Chontales and the Huaves ended when the Chontales king’s son and the Huaves king’s daughter feel in love with each other and got married. So, in the modern day the mayor represents the king’s son while the crocodile represents the Huaves.
They believe that the ceremony will bring good luck and prosperity will reign in the village and will help local fisherman with their catch.
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