From The Korea Herald:
Hu Xinglian kneels before the corpse of Liang Zhicai and, with one hand on his metal coffin, lets out a piercing wail. But Hu is not at all grief-stricken ― she is a professional mourner.
In parts of China, where rural pre-burial rituals are still observed, mourners known as “kusangren” are hired to guarantee that a funeral is a spectacle in grief. And 53-year-old Hu is up to the task.
She comes to work with a full sound-system, multi-color spotlights and the six members of her band, “The Orchestra of the Star and River of Chongqing.”