4. Exorcism by Marriage
Indian believe in spirits, and lots of them. They are a superstitious lot, with many prejudices. Horoscope is pretty elaborate in India, with several aspects taken into consideration line day, date, time, etc., down to probably the very nanosecond of birth. Accordingly, some women are said to have “mangal dosh”: such a women are said to endanger the life of her husband. To exorcise her, the shocking ritual in India is to get the woman married to a tree. Another way to exorcise a manglik woman is to get her married to an animal instead of a tree. This mindless ritual is also used to rid the woman of spirits which she believe to possess, if she is born with a deformity, cleft lip, tooth, etc.