This picture taken on January 3, 2017 shows pole dancers performing on top of jeeps during the funeral procession of former Chiayi City county council speaker Tung Hsiang in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan.
A Taiwanese town may have lost their popular local councillor, but they won’t soon forget his send-off, which involved a street parade featuring a marching band and 50 pole dancers gyrating on the top of Jeeps.
Each of the Jeeps in Tung Hsiang’s funeral procession on Tuesday was equipped with a vertical pole, and a woman to dance around it.
According to the BBC, quoting local media, Hsiang’s family said they wanted to honor the politician who had always enjoyed “having a lively fun time.”
Erotic dancers would seem out of place at a Western funeral, but it isn’t entirely unusual in Chinese and Taiwanese society, where there is a tradition of drawing crowds to celebrate someone’s life with entertainment.
Hsiang’s family appeared to have outdone most previous funeral competition, however, and the parade drew not only crowds into the streets, but huge attention on Chinese social media, where videos of the procession have been widely circulated.
The Chinese government has tried to discourage the practice, given the widespread publicity such stunts can attract – particularly when the deceased was a public figure.
But from the social media reaction reported by the BBC, it seems most Chinese were simply impressed with the display in the tiny neighboring nation.
“Now this is what I call a funeral!” wrote one user of China’s version of Twitter, known as Weibo.
The BBC notes that, according to experts, the tradition of funeral pole dancers likely grew out of the older and more staid tradition of women being hired to wail as paid mourners at funerals in Asia.
SUMDUDEVIPER 20 hours ago
He wasnt the only one that was stiff at his funeral ;)
EMPIREBUILDER 18 hours ago
Everybody beat me to the punch,....this has Bill Clinton written all over it!!!!
INFANTRYMAN1968_1 19 hours ago
Bill Clinton would be jealous.
VANYS-2009 19 hours ago
Just gotta wonder what a funeral for Bill Clinton would look like???
KIMKY2016 17 hours ago
looks like trumps inauguration parade
THINKNBEFREE 19 hours ago
Well, that's a new one.
No wonder China wants to keep Taiwan all for themselves.
THE DNC IS SOL. 15 hours ago
Bill Clinton asked for the same thing.
SUMDUDEVIPER 18 hours ago
Maybe he died from 50 pole dancers and they are just keeping the party going.
MARTINVANBUREN 19 hours ago
Can I get 50 Taiwanese pole dancers to preform at my funeral....er birthday... er, private party.......
Although the idea of celebrating the passed life sounds way better then just mourning