Marriages are made in heaven and this seems to be a true maxim recently in China. In China’s Shanxi province, a family organised a “ghost marriage.” To calm down the soul of their son who passed away as a bachelor, they got him married to the corpse of a woman. This case brought forth the shocking custom practices since ages in rural China.
The family who lost their son around three years back was in fact charged 180,000 yuan ($27,000). As reported by state-run China Radio International (CRI) It seems they were charged comparatively less, as they were locals and moreover the parents of the dead bride, who are village farmers believed it would be a good social match.
In rural areas of Shanxi, posthumous wedding is not just an ancient custom, but still quite popular too. Here, often the practice is decided by tradition. Even fortune tellers play a vital role, as many locals consult them and they predict that the family will be cursed if one of its members dies unmarried.
Naturally, out of sheer fear, the parents of dead son go to the extreme extent ensuring to get a so-called “ghost daughter-in-law”. They don’t even care about the great financial burden it causes to them. Traditionally parents consider it as a duty and commitment to help their sons settle down in a marriage.
msn said the as per the report, even for the family of a deceased woman, a “ghost marriage” is considered as a good result for a dead daughter, who otherwise would not be permitted a proper burial.
The report also mentioned that the rate of death of young men in the area is much higher than the women, because of the huge amount of accidental death in coal mines. So it is also indicated, that there is shortage of female corpses for posthumous weddings.
The high demand and less of supply scenarios has created the huge rise of criminals who are raiding tombs to procure the women bodies to sell them to the family who wants to conduct a ghost marriage of its dead son.
Sharing his concern over this shocking market, Chen Wenhua, a professor at Zhejiang Normal University, stated that the government should take actions to control the “ghost marriage” market. He also added, that, instead of a total ban, the authorities try to gradually change the thought process of people.