“A Grave Offence”: Strippers at Funerals

Just as I was finishing up a blog post on one of the more unusual ‘sexy death’ rituals – strippers at funerals – a couple of stories appeared in the news. In mainland China, officials from the Ministry of Culture released a statement concerning the burgeoning trend of exotic dancers employed to gyrate and strip at grave sites, particularly in rural communities. On the mainland it’s a relatively new ritual, having first been noted in 2006. More recently a funeral in Hebei (below) attracted attention when images of a scantily clad dancer were shared on the internet.

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