In some parts of China, mourners are hiring strippers to perform at funerals to ensure a good turn out. Traditionally, those with well attended funerals have good fortunes in the afterlife. To guarantee a crowd, family members of the deceased pay 2,000 yuan ($322) to hire a troupe of snake-toting strippers to add some sex appeal to the service.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Culture stated that the government plans to crack down on these performances, which have "severely polluted the local cultural life."

The Washington Square Journal reports: "Pictures of a funeral in the city of Handan in northern Hebei province last month showed a dancer removing her bra as assembled parents and children watched. They were widely circulated online, prompting much opprobrium. In its Thursday statement, the Ministry of Culture cited “obscene” performances in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, as well as in Handan, and pledged to crack down on such lascivious last rites."

The government says they will work closely with police to enforce public security relations and investigate erotic funeral entertainment.

Earlier this year, a person responsible for a troupe of six performers hired to dance at the funeral of an elderly resident in Handan was detained for 15 days and fined 70,000 yuan (roughly $11,300).