Strippers at funerals banned in China

By Drum Digital
24 April 2015

Chinese authorities are clamping down on people using strippers as a ploy to attract more attendees at funerals.

Chinese authorities are clamping down on the practice of hiring strippers to funerals in order to attract more attendees to the proceedings.

The country's ministry has released a statement in which it describes the presence of strippers at funerals as 'uncivilised'.

Exotic dancers are used as a ploy to attract more people to funerals as the Chinese believe that the more people present at the funeral, the more honoured the deceased is.

The crackdown of the practice which is popular in the Chinese capital of Beijing's rural areas, follows two incidents where exotic dancers were invited on stage for “obscene performances”.

An eyewitness present at one of the events revealed to one of the local newspaper that, "two strippers wearing revealing clothes danced on a stage at a public square in our village at night," he commented as quoted by the Global Times.

"They first danced passionately and then took off their clothes piece by piece. Behind them, an electronic screen was displaying a picture of the deceased with elegiac couplets on either side,” he continued.

At another incident, six strippers were arrested by the authorities and their leader fined.

Stripping is illegal in China but the presence of strippers at funerals has caused a surge in funeral attendance, in 2006 a farmer's funeral was once recorded as having over 200 people present because of exotic dancers.

Source: The Independent UK

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