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Indian woman marries snake
印度女子嫁蛇為妻

Indian brides are married at a ceremony in Ahmedabad.
在印度Ahmedabad,新娘子舉行結婚典禮。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO : AP

A woman who fell in love with a snake has married it at a wedding attended by 2,000 guests in India.

Priests chanted prayers to make the wedding official, but the snake wouldn't come out its home in an ant hill where it lives.

A replica of the snake made of brass stood in for the shy groom.

"Though snakes cannot speak or understand, we communicate in a special way," said Das, who is 30 years old.

"Whenever I put milk near the ant hill where the cobra lives, it always comes out to drink.

"I always get to see it every time I go near the ant hill. It has never harmed me," she added.

Villagers welcomed the wedding in the belief it would bring good fortune and had a feast for the big day.

Snakes are loved in India as religious symbols.

Hindu priests gave Das permission to marry the cobra, the world's largest venomous snake, which can grow up to five meters.

"I am happy," said her mother Dyuti Bhoi, who still has two other daughters and two sons to marry off.

"(Das) was sick. We had no money to treat her. Then she started offering milk to the snake ... she was cured. That made her fall in love."

Das has moved into a hut built close to the ant hill since the wedding. (AFP)

印度一名愛上蛇的女子嫁給了蛇,當天有兩千位賓客參加婚宴。

祭師吟誦禱祝讓婚宴顯得正式,但那頭蛇就是不肯從蟻丘中的蛇窩出來。

那頭蛇的銅複製品取代了害羞的新郎倌。

「雖然蛇不能說話或理解他人,但我們採用特別的方式來溝通。」三十歲的妲絲說。

「每當我將牛奶放在這頭眼鏡蛇居住的蟻丘旁,牠總會出來飲用。」

「我每次來到蟻丘旁,總是會看到牠。牠從未傷害我。」她說。

村民都相當歡迎這場婚禮,相信這會帶來好兆頭,並為這個重要日子舉行盛宴。

蛇在印度相當受人喜愛,被視為是宗教象徵。

印度教的祭師准許妲絲嫁給眼鏡蛇。眼鏡蛇是世界上最大的毒蛇,可長達五公尺。

新娘的母親都蒂.波伊說:「我相當開心。」她還有兩兒兩女尚未成家。

「(妲絲)生病了。我們沒有錢讓她接受治療。她開始拿牛奶給蛇喝後...病就好了。這讓她墜入情網。」

妲絲婚後已搬進蓋在蟻丘旁的一間小屋。

(法新社/翻譯:賴美君

Today's Words 今天單字

1. chant v.i./v.t.

吟唱 (yin2 chang4)

例:The audience chanted the musician's name trying to get him to play an encore.

(觀眾反覆喊叫那位音樂家的名字,希望他可以再表演一曲。)

2. replica n.

複製品 (fu4 zhi4 pin3)

例:Some of the museum's paintings aren't the original ones. They're only replicas.

(博物館有些畫作並非原作,只是複製品。)

3. groom n.

新郎 (xin1 lang2)

例:The groom got nervous and ran from the wedding.

(新郎很緊張,逃離了婚禮。)

4. venomous adj.

有毒的 (you3 du2 de5)

例:Almost all spiders are venomous.

幾乎所有蜘蛛都有毒。)


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