Monday, January 3, 2011

If Anyone Has Any Objections, Let Him Speak Now or Forever Hold His Peace

Just saw this in the news.  Thought I'd pass it along.  I hope to get some real posts out soon.  I am thinking of starting a series of posts on Norse Death.  If you are interested in knowing where Vikings go after they kick the bucket, let me know.

'Magic Pythons' in Cambodia Begin Wedded Blissssss

BY SOPHENG CHEANG Associated Press

SVAY ROLUM, Cambodia (AP) — Hundreds of villagers flocked to a wedding ceremony Monday between a 16-foot (4.8-meter), 200-pound (90-kilogram) female python and her slightly smaller mate — both believed to be magic snakes that bring prosperity and peace.
The two-hour ceremony in Svay Rolum village, 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of the capital Phnom Penh, ended with two Buddhist monks blessing the pair and villagers showering them with flowers as wedding music played.
Most Cambodians, 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.
"We married these pythons to ask for health and prosperity in our village," said 41-year-old Neth Vy, owner of female python named Chamrouen.
"We were told (by fortunetellers) that the two pythons are husband and wife and they need to live together, and if we don't marry them we will meet bad luck," said Neth Vy, who found the then-tiny python while fishing 16 years ago.
He said since the snake became part of the household, the family's living conditions had steadily improved and no misfortune had befallen them.
The male python, named Kroung Pich, was caught 12 days ago by Hin Mao, a 44-year-old, childless woman who said she regarded it as her son.


Anonymous said...

Yuck. Forgive my insensitivity, but either one of those happy newlyweds could eat the wedding party without a second thought.

(How are ya, Alford? It's been a while since I've been in blogland... I've missed it!)

Mark Alford said...

I didn't even bother showing it to my wife. She hates snakes with a passion.

Welcome back to blogland. I've been tired! You would think that since the baby is our third, I would have this down to a science, but I'm so beat. It's been hard keeping up with things (as evidenced by the sporadic blog posts). How have you been?

Anonymous said...

How old is the baby now?

I've been doing great... had a wonderful Christmas my sister and her kids. I start back to school in a couple of weeks (my last semester!), and saw True Grit last night. You should see it.

Alford said...

The baby is 4 months old - almost 5. She's starting to show her personality in full swing now! I thought her mother was strong willed!

True Grit - saw the original - how does it stack up? I saw a preview the other day that had Daniel Craiq in a western. I was thinking, "I gotta see this!" Then Harrison Ford popped up and I was thinking, "No way I'm going to miss this!" Then aliens started appearing... What the heck? Cowboys and Aliens, have you seen this preview? The geeky side of me is, "Cool! Two great tastes that go great together!" The normal side of me (the one that got installed after being married for a while - is thinking, "You gotta be kidding!" However, the fact that both Craiq and Ford are in it might sway me over. If nothing else, I'll Netflix it. I'm not sure it is babysitter worthy just yet.

Find that moose yet?

Anonymous said...

I have seen previews for Cowboys & Aliens... it looks AWESOME! Can't wait.

And I loved True Grit.. even wrote a review of it! (Insert shameless plug here:

And still lookin' for that moose!