10 Famous Funerals Even More Extravagant Than Fidel Castro’s

Published December 8, 2016
Updated February 5, 2018

Even for famous figures like these, these ten weird funerals here are as unexpected, eye-catching, and puzzling as they come.

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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Intrigued by these weird funerals? To learn more about the unique ways people grapple with death, check out this list of unusual funeral rituals.