Taiwanese Funeral Processions Include Strippers?
Should funeral stripping in Taiwan be abolished?
When you think about a funeral procession, you think about a Hearse, a casket, and a line of vehicles on their way to a cemetery to bury a loved one. Where do the strippers come in?!? If you happen to witness a funeral procession in Taiwan, you'll find out! About 1/3 of Taiwanese funeral processions include a stripper. This practice consists of what you might see at a normal strip club, pole, stage, dance music and everything, the only difference is that the stage is on what they call an, "electric flower car," which is kind of like a parade float.
There is evidence that this has been a common practice in rural areas of Taiwan since the 1800s, but recently, some Taiwanese have begun to show a distaste for the practice and there is much debate over whether they should allow it to continue. Some say that it is harmful to society, while some of the dancers consider themselves artists, and this practice is considered by many to be an important part of the grieving process. What better way to send someone off? Marc L. Moskowitz, an anthropology professor at the University of South Carolina, has made a documentary on the controversial topic, entitled, "Dancing for the Dead: Funeral Strippers in Taiwan." The trailer is a little too racy to include in a hub, but you can watch it on YouTube.
Though it is considered to be "scandalous" by some, this is a very important ritual for many citizens of Taiwan. What do you think? Should it be allowed to continue, or should it be abolished?