Following up on “Death Cafes” and the slow-but-sure destigmatization of death in the mainstream, there are people who are looking to put the “fun” back in “funeral.” Certain parts of Taiwan are very much into that idea.
Some years back, a funeral director in southwest Taiwan began posting clips of funerals in the region that more closely resemble Mardi Gras than most any funeral you’ve ever attended. Instead of all-black-everything and women caked in running mascara, there’s a marching band procession filled with women dressed like Austin Power Fembots playing popular music.
To each their own, right? If upbeat tunes and miniskirts can help family and friends celebrate one of their own passing from this world to the next, so be it. Maybe people would fear death a little less if they knew their kin were in for a killer party. Hmm, maybe killer isn’t the best word.
Many more videos of area funerals can be found here.[via Dangerous Minds]