Xinhua News AgencyDecember 9, 2013 02:48
Feature: "Professional mourners" fast disappearing in Vietnam
by Bui Van Y, Zhang Jianhua
HANOI, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- At Bui Van Binh's funeral in this capital city, a man with a weather-beaten face and a mournful look unashamedly cried near the coffin, murmuring "Oh, my father, why have you left us?"
The man, Nguyen Van Duc, is a professional mourner that Binh's family has hired to help them mourn for the loss of their father.
But this long-held tradition in Vietnam is fast disappearing.