Ghost wedding: Family pays nearly $30,000 for their son to marry a dead woman.

A family paid nearly $30,000 to marry their son to a dead woman - because they didn't want him to be a bachelor.


According to source, the man - who had died three years earlier - passed away before he had chance to take a bride .So his family , from Shanxi Province, China, paid 180,000 yuan ($27,846) to matchmake him with a dead woman so that they could be married in ‘heaven’.

The bizarre ritual is an old custom in rural China, and involves having a 'ghost wedding' for the couple.

They do this because of fears the family will be cursed if one of them dies unmarried.

According to state-run China Radio International (CRI), they were given a discount to buy the wife as locals believed they were a 'good social match'.

It also benefits the young woman's family, as without being married she would be unable to have a 'proper burial'.

Posthumous marriage is widely regarded in rural Chinese communities, but there is often a lack of female bodies to perform the ritual.

Many more young men than women die due to physical injuries sustained in the coal mines of the region.

But since parents see it as their obligation to marry their children, many will continue to wait until years after death to find a wife.

Others turn to crime in order to secure a bride, with an increasing number of dead bodies being stolen to take part in the practice.

At least three dozen bodies have been reported stolen in the past three years in Southern Shanxi's Hongtong County, according to Lin Xu, deputy director of the county police department.

In 2011, a man was arrested for killing his wife and then trying to sell her body as a corpse bride.

Last year, three men were arrested after trying to sell bodies for more than $36,000.


Even old, decomposed bodies can be sold for over $725 according to Weird Asia News.

A man, Jing Gouzi, who bought a corpse to bury next to his single older brother told Xinhua News Agency : "I thought of using a woman made of dough, but the old men in our village insisted only real bodies could prevent misfortune."

According to Chinese criminal law, those who steal or defile a corpse are subject to up to three years in prison.

Corpse theft is difficult to investigate as it is hard to find evidence, Lin said.

Repeated corpse thefts have caused panic in nearby villages.

In one village, families have started to build tombs near their homes, rather than at distant mountain sites.

Some affluent families have hired people to watch their family tombs, reinforced the tombs with steel and installed CCTV cameras over graves.

Source: Mirror


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