A Taiwanese Politician's Funeral Procession Had 50 Pole Dancing Girls On Top Of Jeeps

Are 50 strippers enough for a funeral, though? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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A Taiwan politician's funeral procession, who passed away in December 2016, took place on Tuesday this week in Chiayi County. It included 50 bikini-clad women dancing on top of colourful jeeps.

The funeral was for local politician Tung Hsiang. According to his family, they wanted to honour Tung, who loved "having a lively fun time". So they organised the two-hour long funeral procession.

"He told us he wanted this through a dream two days before the funeral", his brother Tung Mao-hsiung reportedly told local media

The procession had a drumming troupe, a marching band, performers dressed as deities and giant puppets. It featured the convoy of colourful jeeps blasting loud music and brought traffic to a standstill in the city centre, reported the BBC.

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On Weibo, videos and photos of the procession went viral

Several netizens, who commented on the posts, found the procession hilarious.

"Looks like when it comes to funeral matters, Taiwan still comes first," one user wrote, while another added, "Now this is what I call a funeral!"

Another person joked: "The city's residents are asking: please die one more time!"

Meanwhile, others praised Tung and his family for providing an entertaining afternoon for the city's residents. "This is what it means to be the 'people's councillor'!

Odd as it may seem, the practice is surprisingly common in Taiwan

In fact, hiring dancers and even strippers for funerals in Taiwanese society, in which some practise a folk religion that believes in "entertaining" spirits, combines old customs of using professional female wailers at funerals and holding processions for religious holidays with a desire to celebrate the deceased with a big, bustling public event, according to an expert.

Watch the procession here:

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