8-year-old Sanele Masilela marries 61-year-old Helen Shabangu in Zimbabwe to appease the ancestors for ancestral ritual order. The grooms family and the bride’s husband and her five children were also present at the wedding.
The boy’s aunt, Patience Masilela (46), explained why the wedding took place.
She said: “The boy was named after his late grandfather who never had a white wedding, so the ancestors told the boy to get married and he chose Helen to be his bride. The family took his desire to get married very seriously. They paid for the bride in March last year and spent a lot on the wedding because they believed it was what the ancestors wanted.”
The bride said:
“I’m married and have five kids of my own, but I know that this is what the ancestors wanted and now they are happy. It is a ritual. We are just playing now, but it is a sign that he will get married one day.”
The young groom said:
“I told my mother that I wanted to get married because I really did want to. I chose her because I love her and I’m happy that I married her but I will go to school and study hard. When I’m older I will marry a lady my own age.”
Alfred Shabangu (65), said that he never had a problem with her marrying the boy because he too knew that it was what the ancestors wanted. My kids and I are happy. We don’t have any problems with it,” says the Brides hubby.
A guest at the wedding said:
“How can a family go this far for the ancestors? It shows that people do take messages from the ancestors seriously.” MyZimbabwe.Hmmm…..wonders shall never end