After marrying an alligator wearing a white wedding gown, the mayor of a small fishing community in Mexico thinks that his new wife would change his world.
In San Pedro Huamelula, Victor Hugo Sosa and his cold-blooded companion wed by sharing a kiss as part of a long-standing custom to protect the abundance of the natural world.
Little Princess, a seven-year-old lizard, had her nose taped tight to prevent unintended snapping.
She is thought to be a goddess who represents Mother Earth, and their union is meant to signify the union of the human and the divine.
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 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.’
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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