North Korea's Kim, the second of his line to be embalmed

December 21, 2011 06:55

SEOUL - Like his father before him, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's body will likely be embalmed and put on display as a lasting reminder of the bloodline of the family that founded one of the world's most reclusive states.

The "Dear Leader's" body is already lying in state in the Kumsusan Mausoleum in Pyongyang where his father Kim Il-sung has lain since his death in 1994 under a clear glass casket - like shrines elsewhere to Russia's Lenin, China's Mao Zedong and Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam.

Jong-il died on Saturday, and the body, now under a glass-topped bier, may have already been prepared for embalming.

"They can keep him (in the glass coffin) for up to 10 days, based on the temperature they're keeping there," Cho Jae-sung, a South Korean taxidermist.

And like Mao, Lenin and his father, Kim Jong-il will come to literally embody the state.

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