Another fairytale love story? No, it’s not. It’s an old ritual in part to pray for the abundance of nature.
The Chontal and Huave Indigenous communities of the state of Oaxaca practice marital rituals that probably extend back hundreds of years to pre-Hispanic times.
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“We ask nature for enough rain, for enough food, that we have fish in the river,” said Sosa, mayor of the small fishing community on the steamy Pacific coast of Oaxaca.
The reptile referred to as “little princess” is believed to be a deity representing mother earth. And her union with the local chief represents humanity and the divine coming together.
Behind the union of the Mayor and the reptile, people are curious about their tradition, and some share witty remarks below the tweet.
One user shares a quip about the situation, “And I thought I had seen everything born in NYC. Considering where this is happening I hope the alligator is of age to be married?”
Another user says that this one is better than marrying children, saying, “That’s way better than marrying children like they do in those communities.”