Friday, October 12, 2012

Strippers and Pole Dancers for the Dead in Taiwan

Oct. 12, 2012

It is commonplace in many countries throughout the world to honor the dead with gifts of food, jewelry and other artifacts.  Taiwan has taken this practice to a more modern, sexier level by hiring strippers to remove their clothing and dance or pole dance for the benefit of the dead.

When the funeral is a moving procession, flat-bed trucks that serve as mobile stages, drive alongside  the mourners as the strippers perform.  In some cases fully nude dancers can be observed but this is more common in rural areas.  Public officials in Taipei have attempted to discourage full nudity in larger urban areas.

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