NEWS OF THE WEIRD

Well-paid Wailer

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“Traditional Taiwanese funerals [combine] somber mourning with louder, up-tempo entertainment to fire up grieving spirits,” reported BBC News in February. So they're tailor-made for Ms. Liu Jun-Lin, 30, and her Filial Daughters Band, with acrobatic dance routines, because Liu has a rep as Taiwan’s most famous professional mourner. After musical festivities, Liu dons a white robe and crawls on her hands and knees to the coffin, where she “performs her signature wail.”

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