Chinese ‘ghost bride’ sold twice into marriage

The woman, from China’s Hebei Province, near Beijing, died over the Lunar Year holiday, according to the Global Times.

But her family decided to sell her for a “ghost marriage”, a superstition that sees dead bachelors married off so they can wander the afterlife together.

Despite Mao Tse Tung attempting to stamp out the practice after he and the Communist Party came to power in 1949, the black market for ‘corpse brides’ continues to thrive today.

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For more on the traditions of ghost brides:

Ghost marriage (Chinese)
Ghost Marriage: A Chinese Tradition
The Ghost Brides

Hong Kong’s hot market in haunted houses

Hong Kong (CNN) — For sale: Hong Kong apartment with sweeping sea views and three rooms, all signs of recent grisly murder in the bathroom eliminated, will take offers between 15-20% below market value.

In Hong Kong, where superstitions can make or break a property deal, a real estate advertisement like this is not beyond the realms of the fantastic.

With the local property market showing signs of cooling, almost every angle is worked to increase yields, and a trade in so-called haunted houses is now a visible feature of the market.

“There are a group of people that go around and bid on them,” explains Eric Wong, a realtor with Hong Kong’s Squarefoot.com.hk. “Chinese people, especially in Hong Kong, don’t like houses where something unfortunate has happened.

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Ghost Towns: Hashima Island, Japan

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Imagine living on an island that’s a mere 15 acres of land. Sounds like a lot of room, right? Considering that 15 acres is .02 square miles and¬†at it’s peak, there were 5,259*¬†individuals living within this 15 acre compound, it’s quite cramped. Highrise apartments reached high into the sky, pressed tightly together, providing housing to those who were forced to live and work on this island that was once considered the most densely populated area on earth.
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An Ancient Tale Of Forbidden Love

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I have read many stories involving ghosts of lovers. They usually include a couple who is forbidden to be together and death either reuniting them or dooming them to forever search for one another. However, one love story written centuries ago in China during the T’ang Dynasty, has an unexpected supernatural twist that begs the question, “Does love truly conquer all?”

The story was called “Between Body and Soul”. A young couple yearns to be together, Continue reading