Taiwan’s Funeral Strippers Strut their Stuff for Stiffs [Video]
TAIPEI, TAIWAN—“ Pole dancing for the decomposing”---Putting the fun back in funeral is an important part of the grieving process for the Taiwanese people who often hire funeral strippers to dance for the dead as well as mourners.
Even though the practice seems extremely odd and offensive to most, funeral strippers are a big part of the culture, especially in rural areas.
The rise of the funeral stripping began 25-years ago, when the Taiwanese mafia took over the country’s mortuary business.
According to Nury Vittachi, the mafia bosses, who ran the country’s nightclub scene decided to combine the two businesses in an effort to increase their profits.
From that point, anyone who booked a funeral through these mobbed owned parlors would also receive a stripper at a discount price.
At first, people were a bit confused, but after they were told this would attract more mourners to the funeral, they were sold.
During the service, the strippers who arrive on the back of trucks known as Electric Flower Cars, perform pole dances and sexy dance moves and even sing in front of the grieving family members and friends.
The scantily clad girls often come down from the stage to give lap dances and shove mourner’s heads into their breasts and other body parts.[postvideo src="mYxOBoHHJ9M"]
In the early 1980s funeral strippers were common all over the Taiwanese island, including the capitol city of Taipei, but after authorities outlawed the practice, strippers were forced to take their naughty dance moves to more rural areas where the law is less likely to be enforced.
University of South Carolina anthropologist Marc L. Moskowitz recently detailed the titillating trade in the 40- minute documentary, “Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan.”
Moskowitz shows U.S. audiences the bizarre practice through interviews with strippers, government officials and common folk.
“When I was making the documentary part of what I was trying to do was to provide the other side of the story. On showing it to Western audiences there has been a small but vocal minority who are upset by the practice. The film is a good lesson in cultural relativism, then, in deciding what is an acceptable cultural difference and what should be a global limit.”