China Cracks Down on Funeral Strippers (Again…) In Response to National Headlines

April 5, 2018
Advertisement

Chinese authorities have launched a crackdown on funeral strippers after reports by a national Chinese tabloid newspaper about a raucous memorial party. The Ministry of Culture said it would target “obscene, pornographic and vulgar performances” at funerals and weddings. The ministry set up hotlines which are offering monetary rewards for individuals who report “funeral misdeeds” in 19 cities in Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces.

Although it is hard to tell how prevalent funeral strippers really are, it is reported to be a common practice in rural communities for families who want to increase funeral attendance. In China, funeral attendance is associated with the level of honorability for the deceased.

The Global Times reports that:

In a bid to show off their disposable income and boost numbers, some households pay out more than their annual incomes for strippers, but also actors, singers and comedians.

Advertisement

The Global Times also reported that “It has been a long tradition for Chinese rural residents to hire local opera performers for funerals to allure mourners and show respect to the deceased. By hiring performers, people can ensure a higher turnout at the deceased’s funeral as a way of honoring the dead and showing “filial piety.” In the 1990’s, the tradition of funeral performers shifted towards revealing shows by female dancers. As the trend caught on, rural business owners started recruiting young women to perform as funeral stripers and the movement grew.

Beijing first banned funeral strippers in 2015 after reports of “obscene performances’ by women at funeral and memorial services. Authorities described the events as being “bizarre and increasingly popular.”

An eye-witness reported that two strippers “wearing revealing clothes danced on a stage at a public square in our village at night.” Another instance resulted in six exotic dancers being arrested at the funeral of an elderly resident in Handan.

One expert quoted in the Global Times report partly attributed the practice to fertility worship.

In some local cultures, dancing with erotic elements can be used to convey the deceased’s wishes of being blessed with many children, Huang Jianxing, a university professor, said. I don’t take the performances as ‘trash of traditional rural culture.’ It has an inheritance of local civilization. Rather than simply decrying them, it is more important for the authorities to provide the rural people with finer cultural products.

Have you ever hired funeral strippers for a family?…or would you? Tell us the story in the comments!

funeral strippers

A 2011 documentary by Marc L. Moskowitz described how the practice is popular in Taiwan Marc L. Moskowitz/YouTube

Justin Crowe

Justin Crowe

Owner at Lifeware
Justin believes that remarkable experiences enrich our lives. Chronicle’s Lifeware product line transforms cremated remains into an extraordinary glass which is applied to cremation jewelry and keepsakes.
Justin Crowe
Advertisement

You may be interested

YOUTH AND FUNERALS | Funeral Nation 109
Funeral Industry News
45 views
Funeral Industry News
45 views

YOUTH AND FUNERALS | Funeral Nation 109

CDFuneralNews - April 17, 2018

The death of a loved one is a painful and often overwhelming experience at any age, but for children, it…

Witnesses to History: Laura Bush and Rudy Giuliani to Headline 2018 NFDA Convention
Funeral Industry News
92 views
Funeral Industry News
92 views

Witnesses to History: Laura Bush and Rudy Giuliani to Headline 2018 NFDA Convention

CDFuneralNews - April 17, 2018

Brookfield, Wis. – Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush and former Mayor of New York City Rudy…

FREE eCourse: 4 Proven Funeral Home Marketing Strategies to Increase Call Volume Today
Crowdfunding
553 views
Crowdfunding
553 views

FREE eCourse: 4 Proven Funeral Home Marketing Strategies to Increase Call Volume Today

Justin Crowe - April 11, 2018

The last two decades have brought huge changes to the funeral industry and finding the time to keep up with…

Comments