50 pole dancers give Taiwan politician eyebrow raising funeral parade that blocked traffic
TAIPEI , Jan 5Fifty pole dancers clad in black bikinis gave one Taiwan politician a raucous final send-off in an eyebrow-raising funeral parade that jammed traffic and drew crowds of onlookers.
It was not a quiet, dignified exit for local councillor Tung Hsiang, whose funeral cortege saw the women dancing and singing on top of multi-coloured jeeps as a band played and performers dressed as deities joined in.
Onlookers snapped photos and some motorcyclists even chased after the cortege to watch the pole dancers, said local CTS news channel.
Tung, who died of an illness in December at 76 years old, was a well-known figure in Chiayi where he was active in the local political scene for decades in various posts.
Tung’s family said he liked fun and socialising so they wanted to see him off in a flamboyant, memorable way.
“He told us he wanted this through a dream two days before the funeral,” his brother Tung Mao-hsiung told CTS.
While it may contrast with some traditional notions of funeral etiquette, it is not uncommon for Taiwanese send-offs to be risque affairs.
Showgirls are not only hired to perform pole dancing but even go as far as striptease at religious festivals and funerals on the island, where folk religion is a unique mixture of the spiritual and the earthly.
Tung, who was said to have loved a good party, has been mourned for what is now three weeks by his former constituency.
And they came out in droves to pay their respects alongside his 200-vehicle motorcade.
The funeral procession was organised by his son – also a public servant – who said his dad would have loved the loud and rather rowdy scenes, and that the occasion was a celebration of his life’s work as well.