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Villagers in eastern India have organized a wedding ceremony
Villagers in eastern India have organized a wedding ceremony for a stray dog and an 18-month-old boy to prevent a predicted tiger attack on the child, the United News of India said on Wednesday.

The boy, named Sangula, had his first tooth rooted to his upper gum. According to local beliefs, it was a bad omen, indicating that the child would be killed in a tiger attack. A local council of elders advised the boy's parents to marry his son to a dog to ward off the curse.

The wedding ceremony, attended by crowds of villagers, was conducted at a local Hindu temple in accordance with all Indian traditions. The dog wore a silver chain and two silver rings, and even had a dowry - a clay pot.

The groom's father said the boy would be free to marry a woman once he comes of age and he did not need to divorce the dog.

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

In 2007, a 34-year-old man in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu married a dog 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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