In A Ghost Marriage, Both Bride And Groom Are Deceased
Ghost marriages typically occur in rural China, where people have been arrested for digging up and selling the bodies of women to the families of deceased bachelors. Matchmakers can even be called upon to find a spouse for a man who has recently passed. The practice has allegedly been around since the 17th century BC, but is very rare today.
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In China, people were arrested for digging up the bodies of deceased women and selling them for ghost marriages. (1:13)
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