Mexican Mayor Marries Alligator and Seals the Deal With a Nuptial Kiss, Hopes to Bring Abundance to Village – An alligator wearing a wedding gown was wed by a Mexican mayor, and they sealed their union with a kiss. Victor Hugo Sosa, the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, wedded the alligator as part of a traditional indigenous custom to bring prosperity to the community in southwestern Mexico.
Little Princess, a seven-year-old reptile who is said to be a goddess who represents Mother Earth, gets married to the local leader as a representation of the union of humans and the divine. In a colorful ceremony, the indigenous leader was urged to kiss his new bride as traditional music played in the background. The mayor carried the alligator bride around the streets as men fanned it with their hats while trumpets blared and drums provided a joyous beat.
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The godmother who planned the wedding, Elia Edith Aguilar, said: “It makes me so happy and makes me proud of my roots.” She went on to say that performing the ceremony was a privilege and that she had spent a lot of time fretting about the bride’s outfit.
The mayor kissed the small alligator several times during the ceremony, with the snout tied tight to prevent unwanted biting. The ritual marriage among the Chontal and Huave indigenous groups of the state of Oaxaca undoubtedly originated in pre-Hispanic times and is comparable to a village prayer requesting the abundance of nature. “We ask nature for enough rain, for adequate food, that there be fish in the river,” said Mayor Sosa.
Oaxaca, which lies in the poor south of Mexico, is probably the home to many indigenous communities that have steadfastly preserved their languages and traditions. On the Pacific side of Oaxaca is a small fishing community called San Pedro Huamelula.
The alligator or caiman is dressed in a white wedding dress as well as other vibrant clothing as part of the ancient tradition of San Pedro Huamelula, which is now combined with Catholic spirituality.