Chinese man married dead bride
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze ChooOne evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride...
Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the familys only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.
After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy—including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim familys darkest secrets—and the truth about her own family—before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.
Ghost Marriages: Love For the Living and the Deceased
Updated May 02, Often labelled "bare branches" and "leftover women", Chinese bachelors and bachelorettes face immense societal pressure to get married and have children, partly because parents play an central role in their children's spouse selection. But in some parts of China, some parents are even going as far as to perform "ghost marriages" — that is, a marriage for two deceased people to live in the netherworld together, according to the 3,year-old belief. ABC journalist Bang Xiao, who is from China's central Henan province, has had first-hand experience with such an arrangement. In , one year after his friend Li Chaolong died of leukaemia in a local hospital in China's central Henan province, his mother finally found him a bride — Li Xiuying, from the same village, who was hours away from dying of kidney failure, according to Mr Xiao. The bride passed away shortly after, he says, and the two families hugged and wept in the funeral, grieving but celebrating.
'You sleep alone in the dark world': afterlife prayer
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Families burn offerings of fake money or paper models of luxury cars in case an ancestor might need pocket change or a stylish ride in the netherworld. But here in the parched canyons along the Yellow River known as the Loess Plateau, some parents with dead bachelor sons will go a step further. The rural folk custom, startling to Western sensibilities, is known as minghun, or afterlife marriage. Scholars who have studied it say it is rooted in the Chinese form of ancestor worship, which holds that people continue to exist after death and that the living are obligated to tend to their wants — or risk the consequences. Traditional Chinese beliefs also hold that an unmarried life is incomplete, which is why some parents worry that an unmarried dead son may be an unhappy one.
The origins of Chinese ghost marriage are largely unknown, but reports of it being practiced today can still be found. Chinese ghost marriage was usually set up by the family of the deceased and performed for a number of reasons, including the marriage of an engaged couple before one member's death,  : 29 to integrate an unmarried daughter into a patrilineage,  : 82 to ensure the family line is continued,  : 29 or to maintain that no younger brother is married before an elder brother. When it comes to death customs, an unmarried Chinese woman has no descendants to worship her or care for her as part of a lineage. A married woman's tablet is kept at the altar of her husband's family. Since women are only able to acquire membership in descent lines through marriage,  : ghost marriage became a viable solution to ensure that unmarried, deceased daughters still had "affiliation to a male descent line"  : 82 and could be appropriately cared for after death. Another death custom concerning an unmarried daughter prohibited her from dying in her natal home.
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