Beijing — Police in northern China have detained three people suspected of stealing a corpse to sell as a bride in the ancient Chinese rite of ghost weddings, which join single people who died for a belated marriage in the afterlife.
The official Xinhua News Agency says the main suspect had heard about the death of a young woman in a nearby village in Shanxi province and thought of selling the corpse to relatives of a single dead man. Xinhua cited police in Ruicheng county, where calls rang unanswered Friday.
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Xinhua said the three suspects pretended to be relatives of the woman and negotiated a sale price of 25,000 yuan ($4,000) with a buyer. But while raiding a tomb for the body last Saturday, they were caught by villagers.