Open grave

Shock as dead body of a teenager is stolen for ‘ghost marriage’ rituals

A teenager’s body has been stolen from her grave in China in tomb robbing for a suspected ‘ghost marriage’ known as ‘Minghun’ or ‘spirtit marriage’

A ghost marriage is where  corpses are wed to living people in a ceremony thought to bring peace to the dead in afterlife.

It is carried out especially if either the bride or groom had died suddenly before a wedding or a child had died single.

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In 2015, a record 14 female corpses were stolen in one village in Shanxi province, according to the BBC.

Accord to the Mirror the village family from in North China believe the corpse of their female relative, who died aged 18, has been stolen for one such ceremony.

The girl had been buried in what the relatives called a “modest” ceremony almost two decades ago.

They said her coffin contained “nothing of value”.

At the site of the woman’s overturned grave, a pair of gloves suspected of belonging to one of the tomb raiders has also been found and is now part of police evidence.

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The family revealed strangers had once visited their home offering to purchase their relative’s body to become a ‘corpse bride’ for a ghost wedding.

They refused the offer,Local authorities are now investigating the case.China official outlawed the trading of corpses in August 2006.

The practice is also practiced in Sudan ,the only difference is that in Sudan a deceased groom is replaced by his brother what is in Kenyan called wife inheritance.


In Sudan, a ghost marriage is a marriage where a deceased groom is replaced by his brother. The brother serves as a stand in to the bride, and any resulting children are considered children of the deceased spouse.

This unusual type of marriage is nearly exclusive to the Nuer tribe of Southern Sudan, although instances of such marriages have also occurred in France.

The Mirror

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