In the mainland, Taiwan, and Chinese regions, the tradition of “ghost marriage” still exists. It can be traced back to the Yin and Shang dynasties. According to research by Huang Jingchun, a professor of folklore at Shanghai University, including Shandong, Shanxi and Shaanxi, the local people still maintain the traditional custom of marriage marriage. , He began to visit these areas in 2003 to investigate, and found that meditation marriage is not just a tradition, there are even huge business opportunities behind it.
Taiwan also has the custom of dark marriage. Generally, a deceased woman marries a yang man. The most common way is that the woman’s family members put the deceased’s birth date, meditation paper, banknotes, etc. in a red envelope bag and put it on the road to hide Observe whether there is a young man picking it up. If a man picks up, he will force the man to marry, so the elders often warn young men not to pick up things on the road.
According to the Mainland China’s “The Paper” report, if unmarried young women in the above-mentioned areas cannot be buried in their natal family for some reason, many people choose to sell their bodies and hold a secret marriage in order to have a cemetery for their daughters who died prematurely. However, unmarried men cannot be buried in their ancestral graves after death. In order to make up for their regrets, family members need to buy women’s corpses for marriage.
The report mentioned that with the economic development of the mainland, the market once became crazy. For example, a local person in Yulin, Shaanxi pointed out in an interview that the custom of marriage marriage has existed since ancient times. In the past, because of local poverty, many villagers used “paper” “People” come to marry, “As the economy of northern Shaanxi improves due to coal mines, everyone’s demands have increased, and people are starting to “match marriage” with real people.”
In fact, similar to the general wedding customs, it also requires matchmakers or acquaintances to introduce the family members of the male and female. Most of the male and female families take the initiative. As a result, the demand for female corpses increases, and the price is also increasing. And this so-called middleman is called a “ghost matchmaker.” This kind of person usually knows the funeral and interment industry or the people in the hospital morgue, learns the source of the information from it, and then makes follow-up arrangements to achieve the purpose of profit. .
Since 2010, the corpse trading market has reached its peak. According to Huang Jingchun, dying marriages indirectly give birth to “human corpse trading.” Some women’s corpses can be sold for as high as 150,000 RMB (about NT$700,000); many foreigners get it. Knowing that corpses can be sold in these areas, some people steal corpses and sell them. Recently, there have been frequent cases of female corpses disappearing in mainland China. Even older female corpses have not been spared. The family is quite angry. The reason is that It has something to do with the ancient custom of “ghost marriage”, and this business opportunity of marriage marriage even hides criminal motives and even causes the brutal killing of innocent women.
The report pointed out that in recent years, “dark marriage” has induced many criminal cases, including intentional killing, theft of corpses, fraud, and extortion. Although the custom of ghost marriage has led to many homicides and criminal cases, according to the Social Welfare Bureau of Yulin City, Shaanxi Province Section Chief Zhang Pengcheng pointed out that this is a traditional custom for thousands of years, and it is a long and difficult task to change. The staff of the Social Affairs Office of the Shanxi Provincial Civil Affairs Department also said, “The change of customs is a long and slow process, and yin marriage ( There is no way to enforce or restrict this custom at present.”