North Korea said Kim Jong-Il’s body “would be embalmed and laid in state next to his father – North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung – in Pyongyang, the capital,” the Guardian reports.
“Once embalmed, Kim Jong-Il is expected to go on display next to his father at the Kumsusan memorial palace, where his body was previously on public view in the days after his death from a heart attack on 17 December. It is not clear at this stage who will carry out the embalming, a messy process that requires the extraction of every last drop of blood from the corpse.”
“The practice of embalming Communist leaders began with Lenin in 1924, entombed in a mausoleum in Moscow’s Red Square, and joined in 1953 by Stalin, who was removed from Lenin’s side eight years later and buried beside the Kremlin walls. Other tyrants who followed the Soviet leaders on the path to chemically assisted posterity included Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh.”
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire