Three men in China have been charged in connection with the murder of two mentally disabled women, whose corpses were to be sold for use as “ghost brides.” The women were deceived into thinking one of the men was a matchmaker, before being killed with an injection of drugs.
“Ghost weddings” or “spirit marriages” date back almost 3,000 years, and involve elderly men who are unmarried being given “brides” to be buried with when they die, in the belief that passing into the afterlife without a companion is bad luck.
The Telegraph reported earlier this year from a village in northern China, where 15 corpses had been stolen from their graves for use in the ancient ritual.
The black market in selling human remains is thought to have grown in recent years, as an economic boom among China’s rural families has allowed them to honor their deceased loved ones according to persistent superstitions.
Read the full story at The Telegraph.