In China, the bereaved often put on elaborate entertainment to send the departed off in style and draw more mourners to the ceremony — but recent funeral shows in Jiangsu and Handan have led the ministry of culture to announce it will work with the police to eliminate such performances. Pictures of a dancer removing her bra in front of parents and children in Handan last month were circulated online, the Wall Street Journal reported. In parts of east Asian culture, the funeral is a sendoff party for late family members — a last chance for the family and the community to ensure that the deceased travels well into the afterlife.
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Funeral strippers are exotic dancersusually young women, who sing and dance and remove clothes at a funeral or in a procession to a funeral as a way to celebrate the life of the deceased and to attract mourners. It spread to rural regions of mainland China but the Chinese government has attempted to end this practise, deeming it offensive and obscene. As a rite of passagefunerals around the world often have singing and dancing to mark the occasion, although the practice of stripping naked is rare.
To many Chinese, the only time they can enjoy a striptease is at a funeral, especially in the rural areas where the somewhat obscene performance has become a ritual. Not anymore. Indeed, people often pay substantial sums for these special performances. The crackdown on this custom of funeral strippers has been long and hard.
By Natalie Musumeci. February 21, pm Updated February 21, pm. It has been a longtime tradition in rural China for residents to hire strippers to partake in bawdy performances at funerals in order to attract a larger attendance of mourners.
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BEIJING, China — Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas, the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that it will tighten control over rural culture, where vulgar performances have been thriving because of a general lack of cultural events. Such erotic performances at funerals are a relatively new phenomenon.
Updated February 21, Chinese authorities are cracking down on the practice of hiring strippers as funeral entertainment, a technique some rural families use to increase the turnout at a loved one's final farewell. 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.
China vows to crack down on rural custom of hiring strippers for funerals. By Hu Yuwei Source:Globaltimes. Scantily clad women in sexy lingerie and revealing clothes showing off their bodies in front an electronic screen displaying a black-and-white headshot of the deceased with text reading "We offer profound condolences for the death of this man" are now a modern part of funerals in some rural areas of China. The crowd is pushed to climax, roaring with laughter, whistling, applauding and cursing.