A Thai man married a corpse bride earlier this month, and images and information he released on the Internet have caught quite a stir.
Chadil Deffy, a Thai television director, married his dead girlfriend's corpse and posted a video of the event on social network sites Facebook and YouTube. The search term man marries corpse bride has ignited on the Web.
Also known as Deff Yingyuen, Deffy married his girlfriend of 10 years, Sarinya Anne Kamsok, after she died. The ceremony was conducted as her corpse lay in a coffin in a wedding/funeral at a temple in Surin Provice, according to Pattaya Daily News.
Tens of thousands have watched the video online. The newspaper reported that the couple had promised to get married, but Deffy's fiancee died in a car accident before they could manage with busy scheduled. He invited friends to the wedding/funeral reportedly held on Jan. 4, according to reports.
The bride corpse was 29, according to the Pattaya Daily News.
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Both of them fell in love while studying at the Eastern Asia University ten years ago and had planned to get married but the woman had died on the evening of January 3, 2012.
During the funeral ceremony, the groom seen in a black smart suit putting a ring on the finger of his late girlfriend. This was posted on the Facebook and YouTube and it spread like wildfire, the newspaper reported.
Deffy, the 28-year-old groom, wore a black tuxedo for the ceremony and placed a ring on the finger of his late girlfriend. His bride corpse was dressed in a white bridal gown, according to photos on the Web.
Onsiri Pravattiyagul, a friend of Deffy's, wrote an opinion piece in The Bankgkok Post this week to try and explain the unusual ceremony of a man marrying a corpose.
The 'wedding' was his attempt to right a wrong, however belated the gesture might have been, Pravattiyagul wrote. As expected, the initial public reaction was an outpouring of sympathy for the 'groom' and a wave of sentimental remarks. The romantically inclined were moved by the expression of 'true love,' However unconventional.
It seemed to hit a nerve with many people. The offline media picked up on the buzz, too, and went to town with this story. Chadil found himself under a spotlight experiencing an unexpected 15 minutes of fame.
Also as expected, within days, the backlash began -- and it wasn't at all kind. In a heartbeat, Chadil went from being viewed as a hopeless romantic to being vilified as a publicity-hungry opportunist.
The opinion piece author went on to explain why he thought his younger friend was acting on love, not the ambition of publicity.
He merely wanted to make things right, however small or inadequate the gesture might seem. And, yes, Deffy has always been a little eccentric. I've seen him in a full tuxedo, complete with bow-tie and top hat, on numerous occasions. He even affects a monocle on occasion. So his attire wasn't an issue for me at all -- and it certainly shouldn't be interpreted as a cry for attention.