By Olivia Burke
Five-year-old Thai twins were married to fulfill a superstitious Buddhist belief that they were lovers in a past life.
Washirawit Bee Moosika and his sister Rinrada Breem had the wedding ceremony at home in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand on March 4.
Their parents, Weerasak, 31, and wife Rewadee, 30, follow Buddhist teachings which claim that all twins are born together because they have ‘karma’ from a past life in which they were lovers whose relationship ended before they could wed.
They believe that unless twins are married at the earliest chance, their lives will be haunted with bad luck lingering from previous incarnations.
Weerasak and his wife Rewadee invited friends and relatives to witness their son and daughter’s marriage.
Proud mum Rewadee said: ‘I feel so lucky to have twins but I’m concerned that there is something following them from their previous lives. Our belief is that they should be married in order to clear that karma.’
The twins’ colourful wedding ceremony followed a traditional Thai wedding with parades, dancing, and offering of dowries from close relatives.
A Buddhist monk was also present to chant blessings during the toddlers’ unusual union.
Despite the extravagent wedding, the twin’s marriage is not legally valid and was only orchestrated for ceremonial purposes.
Thailand has the second largest Buddhist population in the world and the religion has remained a significant influence over the country’s culture and society.
Buddhism teaches its followers not to fear death, as those who live well will be rebirthed.
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