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.”
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