'Magic pythons' married in Cambodia

2011-01-03 20:01

Svay Rolum - Hundreds of villagers in Cambodia have flocked to a wedding ceremony between a 4.8m, 90kg female python and her slightly smaller snake mate.

Fortune tellers believe the pythons are magic snakes that bring prosperity and peace to the village.

The two-hour ceremony on Monday ended with two Buddhist monks blessing the snake couple as villagers showered them with flowers and wedding music played.

Most Cambodians, who are almost all Buddhists, also subscribe to animism - a belief that spirits can inhabit all sorts of living and inanimate objects. Whenever an odd animal makes an appearance, it is cause for the superstitious to celebrate.