Going out with a bang not a whimper.
Honoring the dead by celebrating life.
(screengrab via National Geographic)
It's been a tradition in Taiwan for years, but the Chinese Ministry of Culture says no more strippers at funerals.
You have to bring tissues to the funerals for an entirely different reason now (I'm so sorry for writing that. I'm sorry you had to read it too. I'm sorry you even clicked on this article, but here we are).
The goal of hiring strippers for a funeral is not some religious rite. It's meant to attract more mourners to the event. It was between yelling "live girls" or "free comedy show" at people walking near the funeral, and strippers seem to have won.
The Chinese government wants the practice to end since the dances are "obscene" but they are struggling to fight the popularity and how cheap it is to find funeral strippers. One troupe does 20 shows a month for only $322. What better way to pass into the next world than by entertaining strangers with sex? It's like a bachelor party except the guest of honor's life is literally instead of figuratively over.
National Geographic recently did a story on this trend for their show Taboo back in 2012 that's worth a look: