This Taiwanese politician's funeral procession featured 50 pole dancers and we have questions

Wil Jones
Friday 06 January 2017 15:30

This is Taiwanese politician Tung Hsiang-lung, who sadly passed away in December aged 76.

Picture: PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images(PATRICK LIN/AFP/Getty Images)

He was reportedly a popular local figure, who had been in politics for decades.

So how did friends, family and followers decide to mark his passing? Perhaps they would go for something quiet and sombre, allowing people to pay their respects with dignity?

Erm, no. They had a parade with 50 pole dancers on 50 customised jeeps.

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Wait, what!?

The funeral procession, that went through the southern city of Chiayi, had 50 scantily-clad girls dancing on top of jeeps with stripper poles attached to the roofs.

Was that all?

No. There was also blaring music, drummers, a marching band, and giant puppets.

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Who’s crazy idea was this?

His brother, Tung Mao-hsiung. Or maybe even Tung Hsiang himself, if you believe his story.

His brother told Taiwanese broadcaster CTS:

He told us he wanted this through a dream two days before the funeral.

Is this normal for Taiwan?

Well, the pole dancers probably aren’t. But according to BBC News, some parts of Taiwan practice folk religion that believes in “entertaining” spirits, and tends to “celebrate the deceased with a big, bustling public event”.

All funerals should be this much fun.

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