Talk About a Family Tree: Bollywood Actress Marries a TreeBollywood movie star and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai participated in an ancient Hindu ritual ceremony in which the bride spiritually marries a tree.
The ritual is allegedly to help overcome differences in the couple's astrological charts – disparities which traditional Hindus believe have negative consequences on marriage. Under this ancient belief, Rai is considered a 'manglik' because her chart bears the planet Mars, and she must be 'married' to a peepal tree, a banana tree or a silver or golden idol of the Hindu god Vishnu in order to overcome the devastating effects being a 'manglik' could have on her impending nuptials.
Rai was also hit with a lawsuit, so it didn't take away ALL bad luck; she faced a civil lawsuit for practicing the 'untouchability' service, which is associated with the caste system, because such ceremonies are in violation of the Indian constitution and are deemed offensive to women.
His Bride Is Such a Doll: A Man Marries a Barbie DollA 46-year-old Taiwanese man, Chang Hsi-hsum, said he needed to marry a doll in order to appease the restless spirit of his dead wife. Not even the adult kind of doll most self-respecting weirdos like marrying (more on that later), but a 28cm (11-inch) Barbie doll.
Apparently, the ceremony was quite elaborate. Barbie's so spoiled with her dream house and yacht that he had to show her a better way to live by having the wedding take place at his local Buddhist temple.
The man believes the doll houses the spirit of his wife, Tsai, who killed herself 20 years ago because his family opposed their marriage.
According to the news story, "the ceremony appeared to be a wedding like any other, with the bride's anxious family waiting outside the temple for the groom's arrival beforehand."
The bride wore a wedding dress, complete with gold jewelery and rings and a gold necklace that had belonged to Tsai was placed on the doll. Tsai's dowry was also included in the ceremony, represented by a paper model of a red Mercedes car. It was then burned so she could use it in the afterlife. How had she been getting around all this time?
After the wedding, Chang and his new bride returned to their home together with the urn that contained Tsai's ashes. He clearly carried her over the threshold.
The urn will be placed at their home, and from now on, Tsai will be regarded as a member of their family. The groom's family have asked for Tsai's forgiveness by giving their blessing to the marriage, thus placating her spirit.
Chang Hsi-hsun said: "I have waited for this day for 20 years. Even after all this time, I feel in love with her. Now I will marry her spirit and take her home. We will be finally together and able to live in peace."
But before you get all sentimental, Chang did not spend 20 years alone, he remarried after Tsai's death and this ceremony was carried out with his current wife's blessing. Yes, current wife. He is still married.
A Picture Perfect Marriage: Man Marries a Picture of HimselfIt's always good to have self-confidence, and people really should learn to love themselves and all, but this man is taking it to an extreme. 39-year-old Chinese man Liu Ye married a life-sized cutout photo of himself wearing a red bridal gown. Ye said he was dissatisfied with reality so he married himself. That makes perfect sense.
The wedding took place in the square of Guanzhou Village before friends and weirded out local villagers. All of the ancient Chinese wedding traditions were honored including the bride kowtowing to heaven and earth, to ancestors and to the elderly aged 90 and over. Bride and groom made the traditional rounds of toasting guests during the banquet.
Remarked one guest, "It is a real grand wedding except that the bride is a photo." Oh, just that one little thing?
Self described as "an angry Chinese youth at best," Liu Ye denies he is gay but does admit to being "a little bit narcissistic." Just a little!?! Ye said, "marrying myself is a process of deconstructing and reconstructing myself. I make use of the wedding to reconsider opposite-sex marriage. My behavior seems ridiculous, but I am traditional and conservative in heart so the wedding ceremony is traditional."
Yeah, totally conservative and traditional... he's just crazy enough to fit in with the conservatives here in the States!
Whole Lotta Love For Technology: Man Marries iBookBill Rifka is a 35-year-old psychology student who is in a committed relationship with an iBook. Boy, signing your life away to one laptop... the temptation must be overwhelming to cheat! And normal married men say monogamy is difficult.... they've got nothing on Bill.
While most men look at porn sites, Bill looks at ebay and says "I've often flirted with many a sweet laptop on eBay and felt true desire," but he never strays. Like any other person that suffers from objectum-sexuals, Rifka gave a gender to his object.
"To me, my Mac is male. I'm living in a homosexual relationship, so to speak."
Not that there's anything wrong with that....
She'll Never Say No: Man Marries Sex DollWhen Davecat married a sex doll in 2000, he said "She provides me with a lot of things that I can't get out of an organic partner, like...quiet." Not to be rude, but there's a good chance Dave spent many a night with nothing but quiet. When you make the cognitive decision to marry a sex doll, it's an easy jump to assume the ladies are banging down your door on the regular. So you go ahead and put the blame on the fact that women "talk to much" and not that you can't get a girl with a pulse.
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