This bride wasn't ready to enter the next life
There are two strange things going on in this particular story coming out of China, but it’s more common than you think. It was outlawed by Chairman Mao in 1949, but Chinese families are bringing back the ritual of seeking out dead women to be buried with unmarried men so that they won’t have to face the afterlife alone. Families are willing to pay grave robbers to dig up old corpses for the tradition, but the freshly dead are more valuable. So they’re turning to killing women to turn a profit. But this bride wasn’t even completely dead when she was placed in a coffin and nearly buried.
Chinese Ghost Marriage
Perhaps the stranger part of this story is that a dead man married a dead woman. This isn’t Corpse Bride; this is a time-honored tradition called a ghost marriage, where if a young, unmarried person dies, a family will find another freshly dead body of the other sex to bury alongside them to ensure that their souls will not be alone in the afterlife.
A Tragic End
One family’s son was unmarried at the time of his death, so his parents sought a female corpse that could be buried with him. They found a good candidate and paid the equivalent of $3,500 for her body.
A New (After)Life
The female corpse was dressed appropriately, placed in his coffin alongside him, and the coffin was sealed with nails. The grieving family thought that this would be the end of things, but when they heard noises coming from inside the coffin as they were burying it, they knew something was horribly wrong.