Tuesday, January 4, 2011

It is the 21st century, isn't?

Snake handler Roum Phanith, 18, keeps an eye
on whopping python ‘bride’ Chamroeun, who
dwarfs the ‘groom’ selected for her during an
unusual ceremony in Kandal province’s Sa’ang
district yesterday. Photo by: Heng Chivoan
The Phnom Penh Post "Cambodia's Newspaper of Record" is carrying the following story.

Pythons tie the knot
Monday, 03 January 2011 20:53 Roth Meas

Hundreds of villagers in Kandal province yesterday celebrated an unusual and somewhat mismatched “marriage” between two snakes.

The newlywed pythons are four-metre-long female Chamroeun, who tips the scales at 90 kilogrammes, and Ar Krong Pich, who weighs 20 kilogrammes and is a quarter as long as his new “wife”.

The ceremony, held in Sa’ang district’s Svay Ralum commune, was conducted to ward off what villagers believe is impending bad luck.

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