Human-animal marriage

Human-animal marriage, i.e., marriage between humans and non-human animals, is not recognized by any modern country, but historically, people have married animals as part of religious traditions or to bring good luck, often involving elaborate ceremonies. Such marriages as are allowed by tradition, or within a culture, are often symbolic or ritual, rather than the more usual recognition of a relationship.


No present-day national jurisdiction allows marriage between humans and non-human animals. They are not legally recognized and purported marriage ceremonies have no legislative validity.

Historical cases






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Folklore, myth, and popular culture

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