Fri, Jun 09, 2006 - Page 19 News List

Indian woman marries snake

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)


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)














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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.


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.


3. groom n.

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


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例:Almost all spiders are venomous.


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