Mexico: Mayor married alligator dressed as bride in age-old ritual
The Mayor of Mexico's San Pedro Huamelula, Victor Hugo Sosa, recently wed his "alligator bride" in a colorful traditional ceremony, with videos and photos of the rituals going viral on social media. Sosa can be seen holding his bride wearing a flowing white gown and veil in his arms and parading through the village with the locals, who played music and conventional instruments.
However, it was the footage showing the Mexican mayor of the small fishing town of Oaxaca kissing his newlywed bride on the snout after being urged by the wedding party that shocked, frightened, and reportedly made people uncomfortable worldwide. The tradition, like a prayer pleading for nature's bounty, dates all the way back to pre-Hispanic times among Oaxacan state's Chontal and Huave indigenous communities.
According to Reuters, the tradition also includes dressing the alligator in a white bridal gown and other colorful attire. The reptile, known as the little princess, is thought to be a divinity portraying mother earth, and her wedding to the mayor represents the union of humans and the divine. Sosa explained, "We ask nature for enough rain...food, that we have fish in the river."
The seven-year-old alligator bride was later reportedly carried through the town while locals played drums and trumpets and sang for her, as per a Newsweek report. According to the reports, the ceremony combines indigenous customs with elements of Catholicism. The town of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, is known for zealously conserving its indigenous culture, languages, and traditions, The Indian Express reported.
"It's a very beautiful tradition," stated Elia Edith Aguilar, the godmother in charge of organizing the wedding. The event's video quickly went viral, with nearly two lakh views (at the time of writing). Netizens were perplexed and the video elicited a variety of responses on social media. One user commented, "I have too many questions." Another wrote: "And I thought I had seen everything."
In an age-old ritual, a Mexican mayor married his alligator bride to secure abundance. Victor Hugo Sosa sealed the nuptials by kissing the alligator's snout https://t.co/jwKquOPg93 pic.twitter.com/Vmqh4GpEJu— Reuters (@Reuters) July 1, 2022