August 23, 2006

"Striptease used to be a common practice at funerals in Donghai's rural areas to allure viewers."

"Local villagers believe that the more people who attend the funeral, the more the dead person is honored."

Strange, but not illogical.


kettle said...

That is unequivocally awesome!

Ron said...

I love the idea of a 'mega-wake', where all vices are not only permitted , but encouraged! That way, no matter what excess occurs, someone will solumnly nod and say, 'He'd have wanted it that way,' and they very well may be right!

Bissage said...

It has already been arranged.

When I die, I will be hollowed out and fitted with animatronics.

I will be naked.

And I will dance.

yetanotherjohn said...

On the one hand, I would prefer that civility and public shame handle this sort of thing, rather than the heavy hand of government.

But what kept coming up in my mind was "who was first". You know that someone had to be the first to figure, "need a crowd, get a stripper". Was it a dutiful daughter that had moved to the big city, taken up dance as a vocation and then in an act of remorse for neglecting her parent in life so she decides to use her new found skills to draw the biggest funeral crowd the village has ever seen?

Was it the death of an unloved by most, by beloved by the local strippers, where the strippers determined to give him a proper send off?

Did a huckster for a travelling peep show sell a grieving widow than for one low price she could guarantee her husband had the biggest funeral of the decade?

And what would the music choices be for the act? Would it be like a New Orleans funeral where the dirge music is suddenly ended with a rousing tune? Or are girls expected to perform to somber or no music?

Finally, is the last lap dance saved for the corpse?

The Drill SGT said...

On a related funeral topic, from India, I love the response from British General Napier:

You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours

Bissage said...

Sarge: Thanks for the quote. I’ve been trying to find it on the internet, without success.

I’m going to print it out and put it in the shoebox, with all the others.

The Drill SGT said...


I googled:

burn wives hang them

$CAV3NG3R said...

...when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them....

Wonder what Joan of Arc would say to that?

Eli Blake said...

I notice the words 'used to be.' For being communists the current Chinese government is imbued with an almost Victorian prudishness.

It may have to do with their official discouragement of sex, in order to control the population, but China is the only country I know of where the official state religion is atheism, but they are so obsessed with restricting sex that they have no problem putting a bullet in the head of people involved in pornography.