The Kandal Pythons wedding

Yesterday I attended a wedding in the Pich Ocean Center of Sihanoukville of a friend. At the same time, about 200 kilometers far from here, in Kandal Province, there was another interesting wedding that I would like to attend instead… though the wedding of my friend was quit good. The Kandal’s wedding got more cover in the media than my friend’s wedding, because the spouses were two precious Pythons. Well, in Europe, Japan, in the Americas, it is already common that cats and dogs go to a beauty saloon, get married and have funeral services, so in Cambodia it is with snakes.

Mr. Chhien Sieng, one of my reporters at the Don Bosco technical journalists’ school, emailed me with the news he gathered from different sources and he said to me that Mr. Krong Pich was about 20 kilogrammes and 1.5 meters long. It was caught by Mr. Hin Mao 13 days ago. Then Mrs. Chamroeun, the female, is evidently longer and stronger, with 4 meters long and 90 kilos weight, owned by Mr Neth Vy.

Sieng investigated that the ceremony got a big gathering of villagers and reporters. According to Mr. Neth Vy, there was a person who got a bad spirit – possession – and who suggested that the wedding of two pythons will stop the evil and bring good fortune. Then the suggestions attracted the attention of the  Svay Ralum villagers that saw the event as a motive to bring goof fortune for everyone.

Probably many of you will see it as mere superstition, but I like these kind of things in our century with so many ecological worries. It would be nice that we would promote marriage of animals like the beautiful and endangered Python, than killing them or destroying their habitats. As we say in Spanish, mejor casarlas que cazarlas. It is not clear if the two Pythons will enjoy their honey moon, since both of them were brought home by their human ‘owners’.

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