So, Uhhh, Funeral Strippers are Actually a Thing Apparently

Pic shows: The sexy dancers in the husband's funeral service A widow shocked visitors who went to pay their respects at her late husband’s funeral this week when she invited a pair of exotic dancers to perform next to his closed casket. Friends and family of the deceased businessman, Jian Feng, 57, were expecting a solemn occasion when they showed up at the memorial service in western Taiwan’s Taichung City. Instead, they were greeted with loud pop music, two skimpily dressed girls, and stunned onlookers. According to guests on the day, the businessman and his wife frequented nightclubs and exotic dance shows before his death, and the pair reportedly both had a fascination for the club scene. After Jian passed away, his wife Chu, 53, decided to give him a fitting send off by inviting dancers to the occasion. Videos and pictures of the otherwise dignified event have been making the rounds on the internet, with even the most open-minded social media users questioning the decision of Jian’s wife. The two dancers, wearing skimpy underwear, are said to have performed non-stop for several minutes to tracks such as Lady Gaga's Lets Dance and Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger. Although there was no word on how much they were paid to dance at the funeral service, some online commentators guessed it would have had to be quite a large amount of money to make them go against funeral taboo. Chinese funerals include a lot of rules and regulations, including a solemn procession passed the coffin before relatives burn written prayers for the deceased and hand over small sums of money. Wife Chu however said she did not think that they had broken any of the rules, saying: "The traditional Chinese funeral also includes music to fight off evil spirits, so I reckon the music I chose did the job." One online commentator noted that despite the unusual send off, in some ways it was still traditional saying: "At least the dancers were wearing black." (ends)

I wish I could say this was some sort of mystical Freudian sex/death impulse ritual because that would be so very much cooler. I mean really, everyone celebrates your life and then goes home and ritualistically cums as many times as possible to help blast you off into the higher astral realms? I’m pretty sure that’d actually work now that I’m thinking about it but alas, no, the reality’s a bit more pedestrian. More a way to get folks to show up at people’s funerals. The saddest part is that the buzzkill Chinese government is actually trying to crack down on the practice. What a bunch of tasteless prudes. (from ABC Australia):

“The country’s Ministry of Culture said late last month it would be targeting “striptease” and other “obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances” at funerals and other gatherings across Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces.

It has urged witnesses to call a special hotline to report any performances, with rewards on offer for informants, according to the state-run Global Times newspaper.

“The crowd is pushed to climax, roaring with laughter, whistling, applauding and cursing,” state media said.

“As the performers saunter into the audience to jiggle their breasts and rub men’s crotches, a reminder of ‘no photographs allowed’ can occasionally be heard.”

Hiring entertainment for funerals is a longstanding practice in rural China, as ensuring a high number of mourners attend the ceremony is a way of showing respect to the dead, the Global Times reported.

“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 — most recently, strippers — to comfort the bereaved and entertain the mourners,” state media said.

Strippers are also sometimes hired for weddings and temple fairs.”

(Read the rest over at ABC Australia)

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken

Thad McKraken is a psychedelic writer, musician, visual artist, filmmaker, Occultist, and pug enthusiast based out of Seattle. He is the author of the books The Galactic Dialogue: Occult Initiations and Transmissions From Outside of Time, both of which can be picked up on Amazon super cheap.
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