I read that story before Nate ( though not from that link, which strangely caused a error message on my computer ) While many may find such a thing unusual ( or some just plain ' wrong ' ) One should keep in mind that such judgements are very much culturaly based .
I believe the snake involved was a Cobra ( a very dangerous animal by any standards ) and I doubt the snake was defanged, so if the woman interacted with the reptile to such a degree that she desired to marry him, and was still alive when the ceremony took place well then . The snake probobly does like her ( and yes , reptiles can seem to enjoy human company, I have seen kingsnakes that did , but more then snakes I have seen lizards that reminded me more of dogs in behavior then reptiles ) If the two ( the woman and the snake ) enjoyed each others company ( and what ever else they enjoy ) That is great ! Good for them
Such marriages while by most ' modern ' western standards , are very strange ( and in somecases seen as just plain ' wrong ' ) down through history, they were probobly , not uncommon ( though obviously not the ' norm ' . There have been other instances within the past few years of such things. I believe one took place in africa between a man and a female goat. He ended up paying a dowery and marrying her. Go figure. While many people find such things odd, What I personaly find odd, is that anyone but the individuals involved worry themselves over it.
Though back to the topic of Russian Brides, I too find many russian women strangely beautiful ( though women from all cultures are beautiful , and everyone period is beautiful, though often we dont have eyes to see this ) I recall seeing a documentary sometime back on this subject actually. While many might think that ' Ordering a Bride ' is like ordering dinner or something , It actually works both ways. In many cases the men are yes, Older , relativly sucessful , and by most standards , socialy inadept ( not that they are bad people, or have anything wrong with them, they just are not your typical ' social butterfly ) and the women, while of course the prospect of going to a western country like america, from a monetary and standard of living point of view, makes sense. Something else should also be noted. Women far outnumber men in russia ( and actually, there are more females then males in the human species period ) But in russia this imbalance is especialy pronounced. And while many may see such methods for finding a 'mate' as odd, or degrading. Many of the women who apply to these marriage agencies, realize, that if they stay in russia, regardless how beautiful or sucessful they are, that their chances of finding a husband are not very good . So there is more to the picture then simply ' ordering a bride ' and I think generaly, in both cases, the men want more then sex, and the women, want more then money . It works both ways.
Oh and since the subject of Polygamy came up , for thoes that practice it , and manage to keep harmony in the houshold , well kuddos . I would think it could be difficult, since multiple women would be vying for the attention of the same man ( atleast this is how most polygamy works nowadays, I am sure in the past , in some culture, a woman may have had multiple husbands ) If the wives, and the husband are content , I see absolutely no issue what so ever. Marriage / Sex and such things are personal, and while it seems to be human nature ( based on culture ) to form ( and often express ) opinons about others choice in such. Really, its no one elses buisness to judge ( though their right to do so )