Fidel’s Tomb a Symbol of his Evil Nature and his Chusmeria

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Fidel’s tomb is a puzzle of sorts, a symbol that invites decoding.

As is the case with all symbols, the tomb can have an infinite number of meanings.

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No doubt about it, the tastefulness of the object is highly questionable, but as the Latin saying has it, de gustibus non disputandum (rough translation: it’s pointless to argue about taste).

Fidel was a master of bad taste throughout his life, however, a “chusma” to the core.  The same is true of all of the Castro clan.

Urban Dictionary defines “chusma” as follows:

“Originates from Cuban Spanish. Refers to a “lowlife”, a cheazy (cheap & sleazy) person, someone with little or no class who often dresses the part, as well – using big, gaudy, overly showy clothing & accessories.”

Fidel’s showy clothing and accessories were his military uniform and medals.  Raul has always copied his big brother’s sartorial gaudiness.

So, anyway, take a look at the monstrosity that was designed for Fidel’s ashes.  Stare at it for a while.  See what it suggests to you.

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I don’t know about you, but the very first interpretation that popped out as most obvious to me was that of an instrument of repression, something that symbolizes how he crushed the Cuban people.

Maybe that is why they planted a hedge along the botttom of the boulder, to hide the image of the Cuban people that could be visualized underneath.

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I also immediately thought of the giant rolling boulder in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”:

I also thought of the monolith in the film “2001, A Space Odyssey”… especially of the first scene, where hairy hominids gather around it.

What happens next, after the hominids touch it, is that they start to kill each other.

Yes, that seems like a proper interpretation, for that is exactly what happened in Cuba when Fidel showed up.

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Of course, the blankness of Fidel’s mortuary boulder invites creativity too: it’s too much like a blank canvas, asking for paint.

So, maybe El Sexto or some other daring graffiti artist can sneak in while the guards are sleeping and put a proper face on it.

Maybe something like this:

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Oh, but the acolytes and sycophants will keep streaming to this obscene monument, no matter what.

And you can be sure that this Wonder of the World will be added to every people-to-people tour, and maybe even replace Che’s mausoleum as a required stop.

The idolaters who were there yesterday seem unfazed by the moral ugliness of Fidel.  In fact, they were all attracted to it.  So why shouldn’t they also be attracted to the ugliness of his killer boulder?

On the plus side: maybe Fidel will start a trend among despots.  Robert Mugabe (center, below) looks as if he’s thinking of copying the design for his own tomb.

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7 thoughts on “Fidel’s Tomb a Symbol of his Evil Nature and his Chusmeria”

  1. There’s something odd going on here, not to say weird. I’ve already commented about the surprisingly half-assed and lackluster quality of the funeral arrangements, which have struck me as perfunctory and downright cheap in general. It’s as if those in charge were already bored stiff with the old ghoul and simply couldn’t work up the enthusiasm to do any better. The tomb “monument” confirms the impression: it’s like a practical joke, a shapeless and nondescript lump with a little niche for the purported ashes covered with a flimsy slab (which could easily be pried open with a crowbar). It looks both amateurish and ridiculous, like a big pet rock. Even though I’m pretty sure the old ghoul’s actual remains are somewhere else, this “tomb” is just pitiful. They should put a plaque on it that says “Fidel, esta es tu piedra de mierda” or “Fidel, this is your shitty giant pebble.”

    What gives? Because you bet something does–they’ve had ages to plan and design this thing, and there’s no way they couldn’t have come up with something at least somewhat more distinguished.

  2. Asombra, I thought that same exact thing! There is something so off about this funeral. Its anticlimatic, its as you say: as if they just wanted to get it over with. For starters, the cheap puny tailer that the beast’s purported ashes were paraded in. And of all things a jeep! Where is the pomp? Remember when Kennedy died? Now that was a regal funeral fit for a king! And although castro is a big smelly piece of shit, he did create a dynasty and think of himself as a monarch, so you would have thought that his funeral would have reflected his delusion of grandeur.

    When I saw the rock that serves as his tomb [for the record, I, too, don’t believe that he’s buried there], like Prof. Eire said, I thought of a rock squashing the Cuban people, I, also, thought of how castro has rolled back all advancement in Cuba and turned the formerly modern country into a primitive nation, a truly LATRINE caribbean island of third world people. Perhaps that is what this rock symbolises, the underdeveloped level that he has submerged us in.

  3. The plot thickens. It turns out that the tomb built for the ashes of Raúl’s wife Vilma Espín (who died in 2007), where Raúl’s ashes are supposed to be buried next to hers, looks very similar to Fidel’s tomb. That tomb was erected almost a decade ago; it is not in the Santa Ifigenia cemetery but in the mountains or hills in the Santiago area where the so-called Second Front (headed by Raúl) operated during the anti-Batista insurgency period. Go here for a photo:

    http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/cuba-es/rs4y4h/picture8837591/ALTERNATES/FREE_960/CUBA%20enero%20099.jpg

    This means the design or idea for Fidel’s tomb is neither new nor exclusive, but simply another Castro family lumpy rock. Maybe there really is no complicated hidden meaning here other than poverty of imagination and crappy taste, possibly mixed with faux humility.

  4. You’re right, could be simply the bad taste that these castros have. Remember castro’s tacky looking house and that totally-out-of-place sculputre of the nude woman on the rooster in the middle of La Plaza Vieja? Same crap here.

  5. The Castro brothers came from a very dysfunctional family that was basically white trash with money, and although they were sent to expensive private schools, their innate vulgarity has always been evident (especially Fidel’s, since he was more extroverted, not to say exhibitionistic, and nobody would have dared to correct him). Part of this may have been deliberate, to spit in the face of the traditional Cuban society that looked down on crude, uncouth people and extramarital relations and their consequences.

    So yes, these lumpy “stone-age” tombs may simply be bad taste and associated chapucería, but even if the idea was to project simplicity and modesty, if only out of false humility, the results look shoddy, shabby and clunky–these boulders are anything but elegant. Of course, that is perfectly in keeping with the ghastly Castro “legacy,” if one can call it that, in terms of architecture in general. Practically everything they have built is mediocre at best, if not downright atrocious. The contrast with pre-1959 structures is very striking.

  6. It has long been widely reported that Fidel Castro was excommunicated by Pope John XXIII in early 1962 for his acts against the Catholic Church in Cuba and/or his espousal and promotion of communism. The matter remains sketchy and ambiguous, since it involves arcane details of church law which laypeople would not be familiar with, and the Vatican has apparently left it that way deliberately.

    It is certainly possible that the excommunication was secretly rescinded later, most likely after Cuba’s official status was changed from an explicitly atheist to a secular state in 1992, obviously by Fidel’s decision. However, if he remained excommunicated (which I doubt), he would be excluded from burial in hallowed ground like the Santa Ifigenia cemetery where he was purportedly laid to rest.

    Of course, that is an ecclesiastical prohibition which would be easily flouted by the Castro regime, but again, the whole matter is unclear and much too “delicate” for the Vatican to address now–even though the Cuban people have a right to know exactly what happened, at least at some future date.

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