Dead Chinese ‘ghost bride’ elopes from grave with second dead husband
IN Hebie province, China, a gang has been caught trying to sell a dead girl named Miss Wu for marriage. They’d already succeeded once, marrying the girl to a dead groom who, according to ghost marriage traditions, needed a wife to enter the afterlife.
The girls parents sold their dead daughter to Mr Liu. He thought the young lovely a match for his recently dead brother. So he paid £3,500 and arranged for a “minghun” ceremony, in which the happy couple are buried together.
But Liu was upset that his brother’s grave had been robbed, his sister-in-law stolen. She had eloped with another man, to whom she was being offered at a discount (reduced rate for decay). The grave robbers were arrested.
In China there is a market for dead brides, each corpse changing hands for fees in excess of £1,500. Grave robbers are in business. So too are killers. In 2006, one murderer named Song told police that “killing people and selling their bodies is less work than stealing them from graves”. He had murder six women and sold the bodies for weddings.
Such is the life…