Saturday, February 24, 2018
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!"
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