Twins, 5, forced to marry by twisted parents because they ‘risk being haunted’

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Five-year-old twins have been forced to marry by their parents who claimed they were lovers in a former life and at risk of being haunted.

The boy and girl were married at their Thailand home by their devoutly religious parents on Thursday.

They feared their children's lives would be haunted if they weren't wed as soon as possible, according to reports.

A Buddhist monk chanted blessings before friends and family enjoyed traditional Thai celebrations, reports TheSun.

Relatives even offered a dowry for the child-couple in line with traditional Thai customs.

The 31-year-old father and 30-year-old mother believed the pair had former lives as lovers whose relationship ended before they married.

The parents insisted the pair would get bad "karma" from their previous romance if they did not wed, the report adds.

The dad explained: "We believe that if your children were born twins who have a different gender, they must be married or else one of them will fall ill later in their lives.

"We are only doing this to make sure our children are safe. We do not want them to be sick and there is nothing to lose if we follow this belief."

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He described the generational impact of the unorthodox marriage, suggesting the twins have to fulfil their marital destiny so that their future children can grow up healthy.

"I feel so lucky to have twins but I'm concerned that there is something following them from their previous lives," their mother added. "Our belief is that they should be married in order to clear that karma."

The extravagant ceremony took place in their home in the ancient city of Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand.

It is not legally valid and was only held 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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