Why do people cry for dictators?

By: Zerihun

It may sound surprising if not weird to see a significant number of people cry following the death of a dictator. As you learn from the following clip look here some north Koreans are expressing their emotion following the death of their leader Kim Jong IL. Are they crying because they lost a good leader? I am sure these individuals are crying because a figure that used to embody their nation or rather personalis their nation is lost not because they lost a good leader.  It is therefore an docudramatic form of Korean nationalism which otherwise we see in the form of cheerful crowd singing national anthem. If you like it is a ritual that caricature the North Korean state. Like all rituals its meaning should be seen in its context.


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