Chinese Ghost Marriage: The Rite of Mínghūn


People visit and tend to graves during the annual 'Qingming' festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4, 2016. During Qingming, Chinese traditionally tend the graves of their departed loved ones and often burn paper offeri JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Image

To many outsiders, the tradition of ghost marriage in China and other parts of Asia may seem bizarre and even a little ghoulish, but the practice is grounded in long, rich cultural tradition of ancestor veneration. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, join Robert and Christian for an investigation into the practice, history and exploitation of ghost marriage.

Image Caption: People visit and tend to graves during the annual 'Qingming' festival, or Tomb Sweeping Day, at a public cemetery in Shanghai on April 4, 2016. During Qingming, Chinese traditionally tend the graves of their departed loved ones and often burn paper offerings to honour them and keep them comfortable in the afterlife.

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