A Coorg warrior who killed a tiger was honoured by the "Nari Mangala." A celebration similar to a wedding, only, in the place of the bride was the dead tiger. The last recorded tiger wedding was in 1873. A man who killed a tiger, could shape his mustache in a certain curling manner called the "Galle Meesey".
As shown in the Illustration, he is seated under a canopy in full warrior costume. On each side are placed his weapons and the household emblems of plenty, vessels of rice and milk, and burning lamps, analogous to the Masonic corn, wine and oil. So he sits, receiving the homage and congratulations of his relatives and friends. Each scatters a few grains of rice over his head, and gives him a sip of milk from a brass vessel resembling a teapot, and makes an offering in money, varying in value according to the means of the donor. The hero of the day is afterwards carried in triumph round the tiger, which is suspended to a high bamboo grame in the garden. The officers and ladies of the regiment stationed at Mercara, who reside in the late Rajah’s palace, were specially invited to attend.

The tradition of the "Coorgs' tiger wedding" no longer exists
 
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