For years, many traditional funerals in Taiwan — especially in rural areas or among working classes — have included pop singers and bikinied dancers, supposedly to entertain the ghosts that will protect the deceased in the afterlife.
According to a recent documentary by anthropologist Marc Moskowitz, some of the dancers until 20 years ago were strippers who did lap dances with funeral guests, until the government made such behavior illegal.
Contemporary song-and-dance shows, like the traveling Electric Flower Car, supposedly appeal to “lower” gods who help cleanse the deceased of the more mundane vices such as gambling and prostitution (compared to the “higher” gods who focus on morality and righteousness).
California’s state and local governments are rarely discussed these days without the pall of budget cuts looming, but apparently the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is safe because it is spending a reported $1.5 million to move a big rock in from Riverside, about 60 miles away.
It’s a 340-ton boulder that the museum intends to display above a sidewalk (“Levitated Mass”).
The move will require a 200-foot-long trailer with 200 tires, with one semi-tractor pulling and one pushing, at night, maximum speed 8 mph.
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Two weeks after the catastrophic April tornadoes hit Alabama and neighboring states, Bailey Brothers Music Co. of Birmingham offered to help.
To soothe those suffering depression and grief from devastating property losses, Bailey Brothers sponsored weekly drum circles.
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