Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Marry a dead man

In France, you can officially get married to the deceased, although the law in this case gives no right of inheritance of the deceased spouse. Most such marriages are made in order to legitimize the children of pregnant brides. Each application for a posthumous marriage endorses the president of France. During the ceremony, the groom or bride is standing next to photos of the deceased, as master of ceremonies says the phrase "until death do you" in the past tense. A similar tradition called ghost marriage exists in China and Sudan.

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