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Ghost Marriage

‘Ghost Marriage’: Two people ties knot in Karnataka after 30 years of their death

Do you believe in life after death? Do you think that marriage between two people after death brings their soul happiness?

Marriage is a legally and socially sanctioned union, usually between a man and a woman, that is regulated by laws, rules, customs, beliefs, and attitudes that prescribe the rights and duties of the partners.
It is strange for common people to hear about the marriage of two people after their death and this comes to reality in Karnataka, between Sobha and Chandappa who died thirty years ago. In the physical absence of the couple, relatives performed the celebratory ceremony which is called ‘pretha kalyanam’ (the ghost marriage).

In traditional Chinese culture, it is shameful to be the parents of an unwed daughter, and unmarried girls are often shunned from society.  In addition, ghost marriage for men lets the family’s lineage carry on. The spouse of a deceased male could adopt a child who would carry on the lineage of the man’s family. Other reasons for performing ghost marriages for deceased males are dreams from the spirits of the males who want to be married.

All the rituals seen in a real wedding can be seen in a ghost wedding where the groom’s parents will hand over the bridal dress to the bride’s family and are performed by respective families. There will be video, camera and refreshments and wedding processions too.

Ghost marriage is performed for those who died soon after birth and are considered a way of honoring the spirits of the dead, believing that the souls will be happy.


The history behind frogs wedding.

           Wedding is a natural ceremony held between humans to bond the relationship of a girl and a boy and among their families. But a recent news comes up with the wedding ceremony of two frogs in the belief that it will bring showers in the state, held in Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur. The entire area was facing a drought-like situation and a month had already passed as there was no rain. People  performed many rituals like Hawan Pujan and come up to the conclusion of marriage of a pair of frogs, hoping the ritual will brings rain in the state.

On July 13, a group of women in the Maharajganj district of the state soaked the local MLA Jaimangal Kanojiya and Nagar Palika chairman Krishna Gopal Jaiswal in a mud tub to please rain god ‘Indra’. Jaiswal said, “Facing a drought-like situation, the women only followed the age-old tradition to please the rain god.”