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Master of Scaremonies
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We've had the dog marriage, the marriage to the hill, now this. Brings a tear to my eye.....

Tree nuptials offer solace to troubled Indian town
Wed Dec 6, 2:29 AM ET

Hundreds of people are flocking to a remote Indian town to offer prayers to two trees that were "married" off in a bid to keep evil spirits at bay, officials said on Wednesday.

Alarmed by a string of accidental deaths, murders and burglaries, local people decided it was time the trees, one a banyan tree which had wrapped itself around the trunk of the other, tied the knot.

More than 250 people gathered in English Bazaar, in West Bengal state, on Tuesday for the ceremony as priests chanted hymns and decorated the conjoined trunks of two 25-year-old trees with colourful cloth, streaks of vermilion and garlands.

"There was an evil eye casting a spell and a few senior government employees had planted two trees here to bring peace but could not organise the marriage ceremony as they died from illness," Gouranga Mandal, a local official, told Reuters.

"Worshipping the trees will bring peace on earth," said Bharati Jha, a 65-year-old woman who lives in English Bazaar, about 340 km (200 miles) north of the state capital, Kolkata.

"The trees only can save us," added Lakshmi Das, a 30-year-old housewife, who presented the trees with two saris and other wedding gifts.
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