In 2009, Hugo Chavez forced the closure of a scientific exhibition touring Venezuela which featured human cadavers called “Bodies Revealed,” calling it a sign of “moral decomposition,” noting that the exhibit was made up of “human bodies,” suggesting that the display of human remains as part of an exhibit was wrong morally.
On March the 7th, just two days after the death of Venezuela’s socialist president, Vice President Nicolás Maduro Moros announced that the corpse of Hugo Chavez would be placed on a permanent display at a military museum. Despite wishes by Chavez to be buried in his hometown of Sabaneta, Venezuela, the decision to embalm his body and put it on display appears to have been motivated by political interests, following the example of other infamous leftist leaders including Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, and Mao Tse-tung.
Regardless, it appears that Chavez will get his wish of being buried, as it has been reported that the embalming process was not performed soon enough, and it seems that it will not be possible to leave the body on permanent display. However, his desire to be buried in his home town may be ignored, as Maduro has started that he hopes to place Chavez next to Simon Bolivar’s tomb, despite representing the polar opposite of Bolivar’s politics, philosophy, and life.