Man married dog to lift curse

May 15, 2008 5:49am CST
How bizare is this!! It really does take the biscuit! This happened In India, the land of Kama Sutra. It took place in during a traditional Hindu ceremony at a temple in the southern state of Tamil nadu. The 33 year old groom was an Indian farmer named Selvakumar. The bride was a female dog named Selvi. He married his dog to atone stoning two other dogs and stringing them up in a tree about 15 years ago. He believed this act cursed him and had been suffering ever since. After he stoned the two dogs he said various things happened to his body such as getting paralysed in his legs and hands, losing hearing in one ear and his speech became impaired. Doctors were unable to help Selvakumar, he then turned to an astrologer who told him about the curse from the spirits of the dogs. The only way he could undo the curse was to marry a dog and live wth it. There was a picture of Selvakumar sat next Selvi who wore a orange garland and a flower garland. "The dog is only for lifting the curse and after that, he plans to get a real bride," a friend of the groom said. Deeply superstitious people in rural India sometimes organize weddings to dogs and other animals, believing it can beat certain curses.
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@gemini_rose (16193)
15 May 08
Yes I agree but this is the way that people believe and being superstitious myself I can well believe the lengths people would go to if they think that they can lift a curse. I think that curses are scary, to imagine that you are cursed would be awful to live with. At least he can still get married to a real woman though, it is only done for him to feel curse free, it would be interesting to see in a few years if the circumstances in his life have changed in anyway.
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20 Jun 08
Wow I've never heard of anything like this, and I'm Indian- though born and brought up in the UK. I know from previous holidays that people in rural India are pretty superstitious but I never knew they could be to this extent. I wonder if it lifted the curse?
20 Jun 08
who knows if it has lifted the curse!!! if he goes onto marry a woman, would he still be classes as a bigamist or is that allowed in his religion??
20 Jun 08
As a Hindi I can answer this one. Bigamy is not allowed really- however I doubt a marriage to a dog is going to be recognised by society or the law. It seems to me it was more of a 'ceremony' to sort out his curse and appease the dog spirits rather than a proper marriage.
@juhi06 (1850)
• India
27 May 08
yeah i also read it thru the news columns. well no comment . this is how far one can go in belief and disbelief. i m not aware how far his woes have been rectified and he is cleaned of the sin or bad omens.
• Canada
26 May 08
That is really something. Amazing what passes or atonement in some religions, and in some cultures. I couldn't imagine. Then again, they're probably looking at us as strange in North America (by "they" I mean someone somewhee in the world probably thinks we're quite strange. There are a number of people rom India here on MyLot. Maybe they hae somehing to say about tis.