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Thousands of villagers in east India attended an unusual wedding
Thousands of villagers in east India attended an unusual wedding last week between two monkeys, local media said.

The two-year-old bride, known as Jhumuri, dressed in a five-meter long sari, tied the knot with her groom three-year-old Manu at a temple ceremony in full Hindu tradition complete with wedding presents, the main gift being the couple's freedom from captivity.

The monkey marriage which was held in Ghanteswara village in Orissa state was performed by a priest who said it was a "unique experience," and the first time he had conducted a ceremony between monkeys.

The newly weds had been living locally prior to the ceremony. Jhumuri was found by her owner at a temple in the village. Her owner, Mamina, pledged that her pet would marry two years later in the same place she had found her.

"I feel as if my own daughter is getting married," Mamina said.

The three-year-old groom was raised in a nearby village by a couple who found him in an orchard. His owners said that the marriage was a unique chance to set the animals free.

Marriages between humans and other creatures are fairly frequent in Indian villages, and are usually intended to ward off spells and curses.

A 34-year-old man in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu married a dog last year in order to try to rid himself of a curse he believed had been placed upon him for killing two dogs.


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