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VIDEO: Mexican mayor marries alligator, dances and plants kiss on snout

Víctor Hugo Sosa kisses ‘Princess,’ the alligator during the wedding ceremony.

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The mayor of a small Mexican town married a female alligator in a colourful ceremony that featured traditional music and crowds dancing as they implored the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss.

The mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, Víctor Hugo Sosa, in a ritual to ask for abundance for his people, married a female alligator and then agreed to the request that was heard on more than one occasion during Thursday's wedding, bending down to planting his lips on the small animal's snout, which had been tethered presumably to prevent unwanted bites.

The bride, whom the local community called "The Princess," was all decked up for her wedding ceremony.

The wedding ritual probably dates back to pre-Hispanic times among the Chontal and Huave indigenous communities of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico, as a prayer in which nature is begged for generosity.

"We have to meet certain requirements, ask nature that we do not lack rain, that we do not lack food, that there are fish in the river," said Sosa, mayor of the small fishing village on the hot Oaxacan Pacific coast.

In addition, he explained that, when getting married, one must first choose "a godmother" for the animal, who is in charge of feeding and caring for it until the time of the wedding. 

Víctor Hugo Sosa dances with ‘Princess,’ the alligator.

The crocodiles and alligators are first fed every day and then learn to eat twice a week and after the wedding they are released to complete the ritual.

That state, located in the impoverished south of Mexico, is possibly the richest in terms of indigenous culture in the country and home to many groups that have stubbornly maintained their languages and traditions and continue to do so today.

The ancient ritual of San Pedro Huamelula, now mixed with Catholic spirituality, consists of dressing the alligator in a white wedding dress and other coloured garments.

The seven-year-old reptile, called Little Princess, is believed to be a deity representing Mother Earth and her marriage to the local leader symbolises the union of humans with the divine.

To the sound of trumpets and drums, which provided a festive rhythm to the celebration, the locals carried the bride in their arms through the streets of the town while the men fanned her with her hats.

A local resident, Elia Aguilar, the godmother, who organised the wedding and took care of the female alligator, explained that she feels privileged to be the one in charge of carrying out the ceremony and she recounted that she spent a lot of time worrying about the clothes that her fiance would wear.

"This tradition is very beautiful," she added with a smile.

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