Men Jailed In China For Stealing Corpses For ‘Ghost Marriages’

Just because you’re dead and rotting doesn’t mean you can’t be a hot ticket as a bride or groom. The Global Post reports:

Four men in northwest China have been sentenced for digging up the corpses of women and selling them for “ghost marriages” to families whose sons died as bachelors. The remains of ten “brides” were sold for a total of $38,000, according to court reports.

Ritual ghost marriages, which is believed to date back to the 17th century BC, is a custom in which parents find “spouses” for their unmarried, deceased children so that they can have a family in the afterlife. The tradition is rare in contemporary China, but still practiced in rural [areas].

Families often employ a matchmaker to help find a suitable spouse for their deceased loved ones. Chinese media have reported cases of brokers murdering women and selling their bodies. In 2006, a man from northern Hebei province murdered six women and sold them as “ghost brides.”

1 Comment on "Men Jailed In China For Stealing Corpses For ‘Ghost Marriages’"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Mar 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm |

    maybe they could team-up with some Merkin Hillbillies
    for example
    Tennessee Man Sues After Pastor Punches Out His Teeth In ‘Surprise Exorcism’
    maybe they could have a Ghost Wedding Exwhorcism Camp Meeting Hoedown Jamboree

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