‘Funeral Strippers’ Help to Celebrate the Dead (Video)

Strippers are a regular fixture in Taiwan funerals and religious festivals.

People mourn the dead in many different ways.  We often see people get completely beside themselves during a Homegoing Celebration or funeral.  But now there is a different form of praise and/or celebration of the dead that may be just for the dead players out there.

In Taiwan, to our knowledge, for more than 30 years, there have been funeral strippers that strip down to the birthday suit as a part of a funeral procession on the tops of Electric Flower Cars or EFC’s, according to a report by the AFP. In the report released Tuesday, it explains that:

“pole dances and stripteases are common for religious festivals in some areas in Taiwan in order to  ‘appease the wandering spirits.’ “

Well, that would surely be a welcomed addition to funerals in the U.S. for bachelors that went out with a bang!  The married men out there may have to wait until next time.  We wouldn’t want to see the wife have to slap anybody at the funeral.

Anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz explored the practice in his documentary produced in 2011, entitled “Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan.”

Read more here and/or watch them in action below.

-J.C. Brooks

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