Chinese authorities are cracking down on the practice of hiring strippers as funeral entertainment, a technique some rural families use to increase the turnout at a loved one’s final farewell.
Last month, China’s Ministry of Culture announced the new campaign. It will target strippers at funerals, weddings and traditional Spring Festival gatherings in 19 cities across the Henan, Anhui, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces, reported China’s official Communist Party newspaper Global Times.
A special hotline is set up for witnesses to report any performances and rewards are being offered for those divulge information.
The trend for funeral strippers began in the 1990s and the authorities have since been trying to stop them “corrupting the social atmosphere”. It evolved from the tradition of hiring performers such as opera singers for funerals. The trick is to attract a large numbers of mourners as a way of showing respect to the dead.
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”.