Nov 25, 2021 22:24 GMT
The plan failed as the buyer withdrew from the deal, while the three employees involved were detained by police.
The ashes of Chinese blogger Luo Xiao Mao Zi, who committed suicide on October 14 live on the social network Douyin, the analog of TikTok in China, were stolen for a ghost marriage, reports Global Times.
The 25-year-old, known on social media under the username Luoxiaomaomaozi, took her own life during a live broadcast in front of her 760,000 followers at ingest a pesticide.
However, a worker at the funeral home where the girl’s body was cremated, identified as Shao, stole her ashes. The man colluded with two local funeral service employees, Zhang and Lei, with the aim of sell the ashes for a ghost marriage.
However, the plan failed as the buyer withdrew from the deal, while the three employees involved were detained by the police.
Ghost marriage, a popular custom in various regions of the Asian country, is based on the notion that the deceased also need to marry to maintain the family’s prosperity. According to the Global Times, some employees of Chinese funeral homes can earn up to 70,000 yuan (about $ 11,000) from illegal sales of the ashes of deceased girls.