Nobody will be around to see their own funeral. Though that’s the case, it would be fair to say that people would want a healthy turnout of family, friends and admirers at their home-going service. As of now, in most places, the way to ensure this is to lead a successful life and be good to as many people as possible. People in China, however have a different lure tactic to increase funeral attendance: strippers.
In China, there are a dozen troupes that provide strippers for funeral entertainment in the province of Jiangsu, providing about 20 shows a month. Family of the deceased pay for these services to attract more people to the funeral. In Chinese culture, a large crowd at a funeral will grant the deceased good fortune in the afterlife. Each show costs buyers 2,000 yuan, or $322.
Though a show by strippers may seem like an awesome way to be sent off, China’s Ministry of Culture frowns on the practice and has vowed to work with law enforcement to crack down on it. The Ministry of Culture sees the practice as “obscene.” The aren’t playing around either. The Wall Street Journal reported on a funeral show in the city of Handan where strippers got naked in front of children:
In the Handan incident earlier this year, the ministry said, six performers had arrived to offer an erotic dance at the funeral of an elderly resident. Investigators were dispatched and the performance was found to have violated public security regulations, with the person responsible for the performing troupe in question detained administratively for 15 days and fined 70,000 yuan (about $11,300), the statement said. The government condemned such performances for corrupting the social atmosphere.
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