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Ghost Marriage

Ghost Marriage

In Chinese tradition, a ghost marriage, also referred to as spirit marriage, is a marriage in which one or both parties are deceased. Other forms of ghost marriage are practiced worldwide, from Voodoo New Orleans Zombie weddings to Sudan, to India, to post-WWI France. The origins of Chinese and New Orleans Voodoo these ghost marriages are largely unknown, and reports of it being practiced today can still be found.


By Dean Dayton

In Sudan, a ghost marriage is a marriage where a deceased groom is replaced by his brother. The brother serves as a stand in to the bride, and any resulting children are considered children of the deceased spouse. This unusual type of marriage is nearly exclusive to the Nuer tribe of Southern Sudan, although instances of such marriages have also occurred in France.

Nuer women do not only marry deceased men to continue bloodline. In accordance to Nuer tradition, any wealth owned by the woman becomes property of the man after the marriage. Thus, a wealthy woman may marry a deceased man to retain her wealth, instead of giving it up after marrying. Among the Nuer, a ghost marriage is nearly as common as a marriage to a live man.

Posthumous marriage is the marriage after one of the individuals involved in the marriage is dead. This is legal in France after a law was created during the time of President de Gaulle.

Chinese ghost marriage was usually set up by the family of the deceased and performed for a number of reasons, including: the marriage of a couple previously engaged before one member’s death, to integrate an unmarried daughter into a patrilineage, to ensure the family line is continued, or to maintain that no younger brother is married before an elder brother.

The same applies to a voodoo Zombie Marriage as what occurs in New Orleans. Such weddings to the dead occur usually at the foot of the tomb of Marie Laveau or on Bayou St John near the lake. The Zombie Marriage is is a type of marriage in which a man is required to marry his deceased brother's wife or widow.

Levirate marriage has been practiced by societies with a strong clan structure in which exogamous marriage, i.e. that outside the clan, was forbidden. It is or was known in societies around the world.

In Judaism, a levirate marriage (Hebrew: yibbum) is mandated by the Torah (Pentateuch) (Deuteronomy 25:5-10) which obliges a brother to marry the widow of his childless deceased brother, with the firstborn child being treated as that of the deceased brother. However, there is another provision known as halizah (Deuteronomy 25:9-10), which enables either party to avoid the levirate marriage. Later authorities in Jewish law (Talmudic period) strongly discouraged yibbum in favor of haliza.

In Islamic law

Islam lays down rules for marriage, including who can marry whom, and the Qur'an prohibits wife inheritance. However, certain groups in Muslim-majority countries do or did practice levirate marriage, more often in the name of customary law than Islamic law (sharia). "Certain tribal cultures ... enforced the levirate ... according to which a brother of a deceased husband was obliged to marry his widow."

Central Asia and Xiongnu

Levirate marriages were widespread among Central Asian nomads. Chinese historian Sima Qian(145-87 BCE) described the practices of the Xiongnu (also transliterated "Hsiung-nu")in his magnum opus, Records of the Grand Historian. He attested that after a man's death, one of his relatives, usually a brother, marries his widow.

The levirate custom survived in the society of Northeastern Caucasus Huns until the 7th century CE. Armenian historian Movses Kalankatuatsi states that the Savirs, one of Hunnish tribes in the area, were usually monogamous, but sometimes a married man would take his brother's widow as a polygynous wife. Ludmila Gmyrya, a Dagestani historian, asserts that the levirate survived there into "ethnographic modernity" (from the context, probably 1950s). Kalankatuatsi describes the form of levirate marriage practised by the Huns. As women had a high social status, the widow had a choice whether to remarry or not. Her new husband might be a brother or a son (by another woman) of her first husband, so she could end up marrying her brother-in-law or stepson; the difference in age did not matter.

"The Kirghiz practice levirate whereby the wife of a deceased male is very often married by a younger sibling of the deceased." "Kirghiz ... followed levirate marriage customs, i.e., a widow who had borne at least one child was entitled to a husband from the same lineage as her deceased spouse."


Soviet historian Khazanov gives economic reasons for the longevity of the levirate over two millennia of nomadic history: inheritance of a wife as a part of the deceased’s property and the necessity to support and educate children to continue the line of the deceased.

The levirate custom was revived under shaky economic conditions in the deceased’s family. Khazanov, citing [Abramzon, 1968, p. 289 - 290], mentions that during World War II the levirate was resurrected in Central Asia. In these circumstances, adult sons and brothers of the deceased man held themselves responsible to provide for his dependents. One of them would marry the widow and adopt her children, if there were any.


This type of marriage has also been practiced by many central and southern African peoples and is, to a certain degree, still in practice. In countries such as South Africa where a Levirate marriage is known as ukungena, the obligation for a woman to enter into a levirate marriage is on the decline due to increasing awareness of women's rights. Amongst the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria it was a common practice for a woman to marry her late husband's brother if she had children so the children can retain the family identity and inheritance. As among the Maragoli of western Kenya, likewise "Luo ... widows become mostly remarried to the deceased husband’s brother.". In the highlands of Kenya, it is "Nandi custom for a widow to be "taken over" ... by a brother ... of her deceased husband."[9] Furthermore, "according to customary law, it is tantamount to adultery for a widow to be sexually involved with a man other than a close agnate of her late husband." Among the Mambila of northern Kamerun,"both levirates are practised throughout the tribe". In Somalia, "a widow is taken over in levirate marriage ... under tribal law." In northern Nigeria, "the customary practice of levirate marriage is found among the Hausa people".


Levirate was quite common in rural India until as recently as a few years ago, and is still practiced in certain parts of Punjab and Haryana. It is called "Latta Udhana" in the Jats of Haryana, Latta being the Haryanvi word for a cloth that women used to cover their heads and faces, and Udhana translating as "covering/wearing". This is also called "Chadar Dhakna" in other parts, Chadar being Hindi for Latta, and Dhakna being Hindi for Udhana.

The practice probably originated centuries ago in agrarian societies where vocational opportunities for women other than working at home were non-existent, and re-marriage or going back to the parents' home was not an option. The commoner practice was for the widow to be married off to an unmarried younger brother. The ceremony was generally a low-key affair where families from both the widow and the husband's side got together and came to the decision without any of the fanfare that was generally associated with weddings.

Married to a ghost is not uncommon for those that spouse has died. Many individuals in this world often say their dead partners still make their presence known and because of this they stay married to them.

In recent years, the levirate has all but disappeared except from the remote rural areas.

Married to the Dead!

Just because my husband died says Helen Cannon doesn't mean we still don't live together, communicate and have sexual relations. A widow for 15 years Helen tells that by her husbands death, nonthing has changed except she now has more closet space. Her dead husband Tom's ghost still performs his husbandly duties in all area's of her life she states.

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This may sound strange to some but many individuals still carry on with their dearly departed loved one as if still alive and doing all the things they did when alive. Many of these paranormal relations ships are well documented by many paranormal investigators from around the world. A high percentage of these types of paranormal marriages are often the subject of intense investigations but are not often made public.

Many often wonder how the life death commitment ceremony do sent end. We make the vow often until death does us part. But when the bonds of marriage are not severed at the point of death many things can occur and also haunt a living spouse with out them knowing it.

From paranoia interference in their relationships to their dead mate becoming a womb or anal ghost. Just because your wife or husband is dead doesn't mean they don't believe it's over and stay to keep the living from taking a new spouse.

Sally Howard has been encountering ghosts, demons and entities for many years And By this Photo you can see that she has a Womb Ghost attached to her.

Sally Howard has been encountering ghosts, demons and entities for many years And by this untouched original "Ghost Womb Photo" you can see that she has a Womb Ghost attached to her. TO SEE LARGER IMAGE VISIT HERE. Also a break down of what can bs seen in the image.

This is the now very sought after best ghost photo on the internet. Sally Howard Ghost Photo Sacramento, California V Street Taken: 1998, that so many have written in about wanting to see a larger version of the Ghost face photo. While Sally stayed at her home on V Street, her grandmother astral projected herself to Sally's home. Sally saw her grandmother fully dressed and she just peered at Sally. Sally's grandmother was alive at this period of time. Another night Sally had her family come over and the brass lamps were turning off and on by themselves. The neighbor heard footsteps on the stairwell and there was no one there. When the occurrences happened, Sally felt something telling her that it was only her deceased father trying to communicate with her. A lot of strange happenings occurred at this V Street apartment.

Sally Howard is not alone Haunted Womb Syndrome is more then common. Thousand of woman have ghosts in their private area and don't know it.

Often a womb infested with a ghost is that of the ghost of loved ones, or to those of strangers, and the worst case possible Devils and Demons. Any woman's womb can attract many different forms of a paranormal haunting at least that is the common belief amongst many. And so can men. The ghost that haunt men are often found living in their genitals, bowels or stomach. And the number of ghosts or demons and devil's that can infect a person is said to be uncountable.

Dead Lovers and Husbands are notorious for inhabiting a woman's womb. Usually they do this just to keep the woman they loved from finding another suitor. Or to be born again as that women's new born child.

These very malevolent ghosts and sometimes demon often show up in ghost photos with their heads or faces exposed peering from the haunted woman's vaginal or lower stomach or crotch area.

Sometimes good Spirits of the dead father of a child will enter a womb just to protect his child from other ghosts.

You can believe this article or dismiss it as ramblings of a madman. But many Paranormal Investigators and I have so come to the same conclusions. More>>>>>>>>>>

Fear governs Chinese society and, generally speaking, Eastern societies. Fear is everywhere. First of all, there is the fear of ghosts. Ghosts are everywhere, and many people have told me that they have seen them. In a hotel, for example, it's very likely to hear someone shouting "ghost!". Everybody will believe it, they will panic, they will burn paper money and will beg the ghost not to hurt them. The phrase "please, don't do any harm to me..... please accept these......" is very typical. At first, I didn't believe them, but now, I am not so sure anymore. I remember the biographies of the martyrs and especially the biographies of the saints of the desert and how the monastery of the Great Lavra was built, on Mount Athos, by St. Athanasios, and so on. Yes, this is a country where evil dominates. Yet, thanks to the people who help the Orthodox mission, the Divine Liturgy takes place here and the grace of God comes to this place. (Excerpts By Fr Jonah Mourtos "The people who are in darkness and under the shadow of death")

When you are alive, you must make preparations for your funeral. It has to be a good one and take place at the right time because otherwise, you will become a ghost and torture all those people that you used to torture anyway, during your life on Earth. (The dead person can be kept at home, in the coffin, for 3- 4 months.) Also, you must find and even adopt a boy if you don't have a son, because only male children have the right to bury you. Thus, buying and selling children is very common. If you are an unmarried woman and you die, then a wedding, involving your ghost, takes place. They throw money into the street and the first male person who picks it up is obliged to marry the ghost in a proper wedding ceremony.



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