Two minors married to dogs to ward off bad omen in Odisha’s Balasore
The bizzare event was reported from Bandhasahi village under Singakhunta panchayat of the district's Soro block.
Balasore: In an incident reeking of age-old superstition, two minor children from the Ho tribal community were married to dogs to propitiate planets after the duo developed teeth first on the upper jaw in Soro block of Odisha’s Balasore district.
The bizzare event was reported from Bandhasahi village under Singakhunta panchayat of the district’s Soro block.
As per reports, the son of one Machua Singh and girl of Manas Singh first developed teeth on their upper jaw which according to members of the Ho community is a bad omen. In such cases, the tribal custom mandates that the child concerned is either married to a dog or Streblus asper tree (locally known as Sahada). Following the tradition, the two minors were married to dogs to please the planets and ward off any negativity.
Sources said on the day, mustard oil, turmeric and holy water was brought from seven homes and all traditional rituals of a marriage was carried out. A community feast arranged for the entire village where participants danced and hummed traditional songs. After offering vermilion and jewellery to the Sun god and the village deity, the children were married to the dogs
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