On June 30, the inhabitants of the small town of San Pedro Huamelula attended a rather special wedding for any foreigner in Mexico: that of their mayor… and an alligator. As tradition dictates, the wedding took place according to a traditional ceremony.
This news might come as a surprise to many. However, it is an ancestral ritual in Mexico . As reported by the Reuters site , the union sealed between the mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, Victor Hugo Sosa, and a reptile is “ a ritual ceremony dating back to pre-Hispanic times ”.
This Thursday, the inhabitants of the State of Oaxaca had come in large numbers to attend this ceremony supposed to bring prosperity to the local community. ” We ask nature to have enough rain, enough food, that we have fish in the river ,” Victor Hugo Sosa told Reuters.
A deity representing Mother Earth
Despite this ancestral tradition which symbolizes the connection between human beings and divinity, the ceremony is taken very seriously. During the festivities, the mayor kissed the alligator before dancing with it. It is a prayer to thank the generosity of nature.
The 7-year-old reptile was dressed in a white wedding dress and a piece of string to keep its mouth shut. The animal is seen as a deity representing Mother Earth, according to Mexican tradition.
Like a real wedding , the trumpets sounded as the inhabitants carried this reptilian bride at arm’s length. Other party guests even fanned the animal on the hot day. During the ceremony, locals approached the reptile to pet it.
Elia Edith Aguilar, considered the godmother of the alligator, organized the whole ceremony and chose the clothes that the reptile would wear. “ It gives me so much happiness and makes me proud of my roots. It’s a very beautiful tradition , ”confided the godmother.