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Two pythons have just got married in Cambodia.

Hundreds of guests cheered for the fang-tastic ceremony believed to bring peace and good luck to villagers.

The two-hour event in Svay Rolum, south Cambodia, ended with the 4.8m (16ft) ‘bridezilla’ and the smaller male – both believed to be magical – being blessed by two Buddhist monks.

‘We married these pythons to ask for health and prosperity in our village,’ said Chamrouen’s owner, 41-year-old Neth Vy.

‘We were told [by fortune tellers] that the two pythons are husband and wife and they need to live together and, if we don’t marry them, we will meet bad luck.’

Many Cambodians subscribe to animism – the belief that spirits can inhabit all kinds of living creatures and inanimate objects.

03/01/2011

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