Humor Non-Fiction posted April 7, 2021

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A real life story

It's a mad world.

by Seshadri_Sreenivasan

Most of us know that superstitions are irrational, but we still abide by them. Why do we do it? Do superstitions fulfil an important psychological role, and if so, what is it? What are some of the mechanisms that explain these irrational beliefs, and how do superstitions affect our mental well-being?

I have come across many unusual, bizarre sometimes strange and funny events that reflect the funny side of India. I am happy to share one such story with you.

A man, living in southern India, married a female dog in a traditional ceremony in an attempt to atone for stoning two other dogs to death; an act he believes left him cursed. One Selvakumar aged 33 told the people gathered to witness this strange wedding that he had been suffering from leg paralysis and the loss of hearing in one ear ever since he had stoned two dogs to death and hung their bodies from a tree 15 years ago.
A holy man-cum-astrologer had suggested to him that to make up for this act of barbarism and to atone for his actions, he had to marry a ‘she-dog.’ (I think this is a politically correct word to quote!)

Selvakumar married the sari-draped former stray named Selvi. The dog was chosen by family members and then bathed and clothed for the ceremony. This strange wedding happened on a Sunday at a temple in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

This was widely reported in the newspapers too.(See the picture above.)

This incident happened ten years ago and there is no information if the health condition of the man has improved in the meantime. The fate of the dog is also not known!

This is not an imaginary story spun by me. Such strange things do occur in my country.

Enjoy! It is a mad mad mad world!

A real-life story of a man marrying a dog!
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