Thais marry 5-year-old twins to each other for a very curious reason
People from all corners of the world are privy to the fact that strange practices exist everywhere. But two five-year-old twins getting married to each other might just take the cake for some.
The Thai twins were recorded as they went through an elaborate marriage ceremony in Ang Thong province of southern Thailand on September 5, 2018. The video is found below.
Their unique nicknames, "mobile phone" and "watermelon," would be an interesting occurrence in itself, but the reasoning behind the pair's marriage stretches the bizarre story even further.
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The parents reportedly believe in what many deem superstition. The marriage was needed to attain good luck as well as to cleanse the children of "sins from past lives" according to MSN.
Without the ceremony, the locals profess that that one of the twins will endure a horrible death in their later years.
Since their birth in 2013, the parents planned a wedding for when the children were mature enough. Thus, at the age of five, an entire village was in attendance for the traditional ceremony.
Present were dancers, a dowry from the groom, and gifts of gold. District council chief Parinya Kemachit explained: "It is our belief that a wedding ceremony should be held for the male and female twins."
"This is for the good fortune of the children and so that they have healthy bodies. They will grow old, happy with prosperity and won't be hurt or sick. This is an ancient belief from the past."
The sister, whose name is Chaya Prasop Tamrong and her brother Chanon, walked through the streets in a procession. Then Chanon passed through nine "gates" before reaching his bride.
He paid a dowry of 10,000 baht, or $306 worth of cash and 38,000 baht, or $1160 worth of gold to secure his marriage.
The peculiar incident has happened in Thailand before, but for slightly different reasons. Three-year-old twins were said to be lovers in a former life and thus were wedded together in their new lives.
Reported by the Daily Mail, the pair's mother claimed that if they weren't, one of them would die. So brother, Teekata, and sister, Tawisa, got married also in Ang Thong province in Thailand.
The results of these ceremonies are not always long-lasting, however, nor are they legally binding. The children will likely get new partners when they grow up.
Not all arranged child marriages end as easily, however. For Naila Amin, she experienced abuse from a man almost double her marriage who she was forced to marry.
According to Daily Telegraph, Amin went through a "nikah," an Islamic marriage ceremony in Pakistan at only 15, and then traveled to the United States where she was still obliged by her family to remain with the older man.
When she rebelled and started dating a younger boy, her own father beat her so badly she ended up at the hospital. After more abuse, Amin finally contacted a child protection caseworker in New York.
Before long, she was free. She continues to work towards ending child marriages through her foundation, The Naila Amin Foundation.