There are some traditions that just don’t need to happen anymore, and this is probably one of them!
Saneie Masilela, a nine-year-old boy, just got married for the second time to his 62-year-old wife Helen Shabangu. The two were already married last year but according to tradition, they needed to be wed in both the boy's and the woman’s South African villages.
There were over 100 guests at the ceremony, and one of them was Helen’s 66-year-old husband Alfred Shabangu, as well as Helen’s five children, who are all between 28-38 years old!
And despite how totally bizarre this all is, it’s not what you think it is!
Saneie was told by his dead ancestors that he needed to get married, and Helen was happy to oblige. The young boy explained:
“I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I'm happy that I married Helen – but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age. I chose Helen because I love her and, although we don’t live together all the time, we meet at the dumping site where my mother works regularly."
The young boy’s mother reiterated this sentiment, saying:
“He was just happy to get married, very excited and was not embarrassed about it. So much so he wanted to do it again. After the wedding last year people keep asking them question like will they live together, sleep together, have babies but I keep telling them that after the wedding everything went back to normal - nothing changed. Sanele moved to Venda not long after the wedding because he wanted to learn a new language, but they are very close. Our families are very close. It was nice celebrate with a wedding once more, it was after all a calling from the ancestors. By doing this we made the ancestors happy. If we hadn’t done what my son had asked then something bad would have happened in the family."
Still sounds really weird, right? Well, Helen’s explanation muddied things even more when she added:
“I’m very happy that the boy chose me and my family support and understand that it is part of making ancestors happy. One day Sanele would grow normally and have family of his own and get married one day, all this ceremony is for making ancestors happy. We are playing.”
Every religion has it’s own quirks, we guess!
Though, at least they all know exactly what this is — and that’s a pretend marriage at it's core, no matter how official it may seem.
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