It is astonishing that Hugo Chavez's cancer ridden corpse is two be embalmed and put on display in a military museum, the same museum where he was captured after leading a failed coup 20 years ago.
Embalming and displaying him, the showman's final act.
Meanwhile the veneration and deification of Chavez continues, with people queuing comparing him to Christ, his face on crucifix scenes.
The cult of Chavez was strong in his lifetime. It is about to get a much more powerful.
More than 20 world leaders are expected to attend the funeral today, but there will be no burial as he will be embalmed.
Thousands flocked to the streets of Caracas to see the coffin of Chavez travel through the city to lie in state until Friday's funeral.
A look back at the life of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez who has died at the age of 58 after a two-year battle with cancer.