10 Famous Funerals Even More Extravagant Than Fidel Castro’s

Weird Funerals

Yamil Lage/Getty ImagesA guard of honour stays by the tomb of Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in Santiago de Cuba on December 4, 2016.

Fidel Castro — the controversial former ruler of Cuba — was laid to rest on Sunday after a four-day funeral procession across the country. With tens of thousands of mourners lining the streets and a 2.6 ton granite boulder used as a crypt, the magnitude of the event seemed proportional to the legacy of the 90-year-old man it honored.

But after looking at some of the most monumental, pricey, and truly weird funerals and memorials throughout history, Castro’s giant parade may seem almost understated:

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10 Famous Funerals Even More Extravagant Than Fidel Castro’s
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Intrigued by these weird funerals? To learn more about the unique ways people grapple with death, check out this list of unusual funeral rituals.

Annie Garau
Annie is a NYC-based writer. For tips, write to [email protected]
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