Le Van, the man who made headlines two years ago after it was discovered he had been sleeping with his dead wife for five years, has confirmed he is still sleeping with his beloved, and authorities can’t do anything to stop him.
The story about Le Van’s bizarre sleeping habit broke out at the end of 2009. Vietnamese papers posted photos of a man sleeping with a human-shaped gypsum statue that contained the body of his dead wife. we covered the story and you can read about it here, but long story short, the man couldn’t cope with the loss of his soul mate so he dug up her remains, put them inside the statue and continued sharing a bed with her. It was one of the strangest news of 2009, but I was sure that once word got out, local authorities would somehow convince Le Van to bury the remains of his beloved wife. I was wrong.
Reporters from the Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper recently visited Le Van’s house in Quang Nam, and were surprised to find the creepy gypsum statue containing the remains of his wife still on their bed. The 57-year-old man said he sleeps with his dead wife to train to return to his previous incarnation. “I was not a human being in my previous incarnation. I committed a sin in my previous incarnation, so I must be a human being in this incarnation. In this incarnation I have to train myself to return to the previous incarnation,” That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, and neither does allowing his little boy to share a house with his mother’s bones encased in gypsum.
Apparently, the local government urged Le Van to bury his wife’s bones after media reported his story in 2009, but he simply refused and they don’t have the power to force him. He clearly didn’t pay much attention to the “till death do us part” part of their wedding ceremony.