Chinese Marry Off Dead Girls as Ghost Brides
Posted on June 21, 2009
Arranged marriages are nothing new, and in China, they even reach beyond the grave.
A grieving father and four accomplices have been arrested in China for digging up the corpse of a teenage girl to serve as a “ghost bride” for the man’s son, who died in a car crash.
The people arrested had dug up the body of a girl who poisoned herself after failing exams last year. The father had apparently paid upwards of $5,000 to the men who dug up the body for him.
Marriages after death are relatively common in rural China. In these occurrences, a ceremony is performed and the bodies buried together.
The long-outlawed practice survives today: last year, a gang in southern China was arrested for creating corpses for ghost marriages when female bodies ran short.