So I’m just back after a week away so I thought I’d start my new term with a bit of romance.
First off today we looked at an unusual story just in from Mexico where the mayor of a small fishing village has just become betrothed to a 7-year old alligator, called “Little Princess”.
Yes truly, mayor VICTOR HUGO SOSA, has tied the knot with the alligator, which is believed to be a deity representing mother earth and the marriage is said to symbolise the joining of human with the divine.
The ritual is thought to date back centuries to pre-Hispanic times among the Chontal and Huave indigenous communities in Oaxaca state, south-west Mexico and also acknowledges Catholic spirituality which involves dressing the alligator in a white wedding dress.
Traditional music rang out as revellers danced during the ceremony last Thursday.
‘We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,’ said Mayor Sosa during the ceremony.
Locals carried the bride in their arms through village streets as men fanned her with their hats.
The wedding was organised by Elia Edith Aguilar, known as the godmother, who said she felt privileged to have been involved, admitting that she spent a lot of time considering the bride’s outfit which included a gag tying her snout firmly shut to avoid mayor Sosa from receiving an unwanted snap when he sealed their marriage with a kiss!
Staying in the Americas we moved on over to Brazil to learn about the wedding of 37-year old Meirivone Rocha Moraes to a rag doll – but the story becomes even more bizarre.
The story begins after Meirivone complained to her mum that she was single and wanted someone to dance with so mum got out her needle and thread and created a rag doll which they named, Marcelo.
‘When my mum made Marcelo and first introduced me to him, I fell in love with him. It was love at first sight. As soon as he entered into my life everything made sense,” she said.
Later Meirivone got pregnant!
Meirivone said, ‘It’s true, Marcelo got me pregnant. He didn’t take care of himself and didn’t use a condom. He got me pregnant. I took the test – it was positive. I couldn’t believe it.’
Not wanting to give birth out of wedlock, she arranged a wedding in front of a gathering of 250 family members and friends before going on Honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro.
‘The wedding was a wonderful day for me, very important, very emotional. It rained a lot but it was wonderful. From the moment I walked down the aisle to the end, it was just beautiful. Then we enjoyed our wedding night a lot. He has so many great qualities but the only downside is he’s lazy. He doesn’t work at all. But I’m a warrior and I keep it going for us.”
Meirivone even claims to have put on 4 lbs during her pregnancy.
You will, I know be delighted to learn that the birth of the new infant rag doll went smoothly and that the 35 minutes she was in labour, were largely pain free.
A doctor and nurse were present at the birth which was live screened with 200 people claimed to be watching.
Meirivone said: ‘It was a wonderful day for me, very important, very emotional. It really upsets me when people say this is fake. It makes me so angry. I am a woman of character. My father, my mother taught me to be honest, to be a good person and not want to take advantage of anything.
Well indeed, if 200 people truly watched the birth live on line, it must be true!
All being well I hope to be back with you again tomorrow – yes truly,