Funerals aren’t what they used to be, atleast not in China. The pole dancing and stripping is supposed to bring in extra mourners. Really, mourners? Family, friends and strippers saying “hasta la vista baby”…wow.
CCTV found about a dozen funeral performance troupes offering such services in every village in the county, putting on as many as 20 shows a month at a rate of 2,000 yuan ($322) a pop.
“This has severely polluted the local cultural life,” CCTV intoned at the time, marveling at the sight of one women gyrating out of her closes mere steps from a photo of the deceased. “These troupes only care about money. As for whether it’s legal, or proper, or what effect it has on local customs, they don’t think much about it.”
The mainland isn’t alone in its preference for the practice: similar ensemble performances are also popular in Taiwan – as National Geographic documented in 2012, with stilettoed, short-skirted women dancing graveside. The practice there dates back decades.