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Two Minors Married Off to Frogs



In a strange traditional ceremony, two 7 year-old girls in Tamil Nadu, India were married off to two frogs.
The ceremony, an annual feature during the Pongal (harvest) festival, is conducted "to prevent the outbreak of mysterious diseases in the village''.

The girls, Vigneswari and Masiakanni, dressed up in traditional bridal finery -- gilded sarees and gold jewelery -- married the frog 'princes' in separate, elaborate ceremonies at two different temples in the presence of hundreds of villagers.

These are two frogs that will not be turning into fairytale princes, they actually got released back into temple ponds after the ceremony. I wonder if the girls are still allowed to get married when they grow up.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Two_minor_girls_married_off_to_frogs_in_Tamil_Nadu/rssarticleshow/3994895.cms Image Via Somegl [Flickr]

Argh. This angers me. It's hard enough for frogs to earn enough to get by these days. And now they have to support their child-wives and child wives eat so much. How many bugs do these husband frogs have to catch each day to feed their family now? Unconscionable, I say.
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Did the girls at least get to choose their frog husband? If it were me, I'd require he should at least look fine with a top hat and cane or rep his own cereal.
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Just remember that frog marriages lead to frog divorces. And this leads to more work for frog/child divorce lawyers. We must fight to prevent frog/child marriages.
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i am from the area, and i know a little bit. the village astrologer would have told that she would lose her husband early and remarry; to avoid that now she is married off to a frog. the frog will soon die, and then she will marry again when she grows up; voila!
the indian miss universe 1993, aishwarya roy, who is now a famous actor, married another famous actor (who is the son of another very famous actor, whew!) a few years ago. but before the ceremony she 'married' a banana tree, which was promptly cut down after the ceremony, thus rendering her a 'widow'; then she married the actor. as simple as that.
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