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Funeral strippers on notice after crackdown launched

Funeral strippers on notice after crackdown launched”

Funeral strippers are a common trend in certain rural areas of China and as shocking and morbid as the idea might sound, the authorities have finally undertaken official attempts to put a stop on the weird practice.

Previously, the villagers would hire local opera singers to keep the mourners entertained.

The outlet claims that it has always been a rural tradition to hire opera singers to "allure mourners and show respect to the deceased", as it helps "ensure a higher turnout at the deceased's funeral as a way of honoring the dead and showing 'filial piety'".

People then became fascinated by striptease and "shibamo" (meaning 18 touches), a traditional Chinese folk song that is flirtatious and erotic in nature.

The authorities' first initiative to clamp down the X-rated practice started back in 2006.

Funerals and strippers - these two words you might have never imagined in the same sentence, let alone as a term, but turns out funeral stripping is a weird practice that exists in China.

An expert quoted in the newspaper partly attributed the practice of hiring exotic dancers to "fertility worship", as the erotic elements at funerals "convey the deceased's wishes of being blessed with many children".

CHINESE officials have launched a crackdown on sex workers being hired to perform raunchy stripping acts at funerals.

The new strategy is the latest in a series of crackdowns on funeral strippers. "That's the moment for them to release their passion at the funeral".

"Entertainment facilities provided by the public sector are not fairly adaptive for rural residents", the outlet quoted Professor Wei of the Central University of Finance and Economics Culture and Media department as saying.

The Ministry of Culture says it is no longer willing to tolerate the "obscene, pornographic, and vulgar performances" and has set up a hotline across 19 cities in Henan, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces where callers will be offered cash incentives to inform authorities if the ban has been flouted. "Such deficiency leave farmers' spiritual life hollow and give rise to porn and striptease".



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