Corpses stolen in rural China to accomplish "ghost marriages"

It seems the women in China can’t rest in peace even after their death. One man’s wife becomes another man’s companion after death. That also explains why the corpses of women go missing frequently in China. Grave robbers steal women’s corpses to feed a new demand for “ghost weddings”, an ancient ritual whereby elderly bachelors are given a “bride” to be buried with when they die. Families in rural China consider it ill-luck for a single man to pass into the afterlife without a female companion. One way to prevent his spirit from becoming restless is to provide a female corpse for him to be buried with.While the ghoulish practice has long been outlawed under communism, it has now revived as newly-wealthy country dwellers pay up to £10,000 per “bride”.

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