The mayor of a small Mexican town has married a crocodile bride as part of an age-old ritual for prosperity. He could be seen kissing the reptile, whose snout had been tied shut.
The seven-year-old crocodile, nicknamed “little princess”, is believed to represent a deity linked to mother earth. Her marriage to the local chief symbolizes the union of humans with the divine.
The tradition probably dates back centuries in the indigenous Chontal and Huave communities of the state of Oaxaca. “It’s the union of two cultures. The union of the Huaves and the Chontales,” Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa told reporters.