Music blaring through loudspeakers, strippers dancing to the beat and audiences whistling along. In some parts of China, this is what you would see during a funeral procession. Earlier this year, China renewed a clampdown on strippers performing at funerals, wedding and temples, calling it "obscene and vulgar". This isn't the first time authorities have tried to get rid of the practice but it has proven resilient.
According to one theory, strippers are used to boost funeral attendances because large crowds are seen as a mark of honour for the deceased.
Another states the practice could be linked to a "worship of reproduction".
One practical theory is that the hiring of strippers could be seen as a sign of wealth.
"Chinese rural households are more inclined to show off their disposable incomes by paying out several times their annual income for actors, singers, comedians and strippers to comfort the bereaved and entertain the mourners," said the Global Times.
As one people in Taiwan said at the funeral of a politician, "The city's residents are asking: please die one more time!"
How did we let the Chinese get so far ahead of us? A society so advanced so as to have strippers at a funeral, start learning Mandarin.
I've already told my wife I want my funeral to be a huge party. To quote Mike D "A lot of beer, a lot of girls and a lot of cursing"
I was unaware of the Chinese practices at that time, who knows maybe I have some oriental in me.
Why do Chinese funerals have strippers?
The real question is, "Why don't American funerals have strippers?"
I wonder if I could get time off work to attend a funeral in China.
If asked for details I could say my friends died in a plane crash.
Sum Ting Wong
We Tu Lo
Ho Lee ---
Bang Ding Ow
May they caress in peace.
"A society so advanced so as to have strippers at a funeral, start learning Mandarin."
I'm way ahead of you guys.
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