I saw this: http://sify.com/news/offbeat/fullstory.php?id=13974298
When I read it I misread the word "solemnised"! Cobra - brown snake?
Any other strange animal weddings anyone know of?
Tribal girl wants to marry a cobra!
By Bibhuti Mishra in Bhubaneswar
Saturday, 29 October , 2005, 09:27
People are thronging an Orissa village to have a glimpse of a girl who insists on marrying a snake!
A few days back Kusum,15, of Kaliaguda tribal village about 60km from the district headquarters of Malkangiri had gone to bathe in the river Saveri nearby. While bathing she found a cobra getting wrapped around her.
Panic-stricken Kusum shook the reptile off and fell unconscious after that. When she became conscious again, she told her father Bhagaban Nayak and family that she has to marry the cobra.
Her family members dismissed Kusums statement. But to their surprise they started sighting the cobra often.
Meanhwhile, Kusum kept her demand on and wanted her marriage with the cobra solemnised.
Kusum's father first took her to a medical doctor and later to a witchdoctor. A rigorous rituals-laden puja of the cobra followed but to no avail. Kusum refused to back of from her demand. .Finally her father Bhagaban appears to have relented. "May be it is the wish of the God,"he says.
But as people came in hundreds to have a glimpse of Kusum and the cobra, the snake has vanished. But Kusum says that the cobra keeps on appearing to her in her dreams.
Some old tribal men believe that there is a Cobra-God on the banks of the river Saveri. He has rescued many men from drowning in the river. The tribal community has now come to believe that the girl would marry the cobra and live in the river!