Texto em Inglês Simplificado c/áudio : Chavez’s Body (Prof.Newton) #dicasdeinglês


Texto em Inglês Simplificado c/áudio : Chavez’s Body (Prof.Newton) #dicasdeinglês

Chavez’s body to be preserved and displayed

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The body of President Hugo Chavez is to go on permanent display in a military museum in Venezuela, like many socialist leaders before him.

No matter how baffling it may seem to outsiders, the allure of a dead socialist leader can’t be underestimated. In Moscow, Beijing and Hanoi, the corpses of Lenin, Mao and Ho Chi Minh are displayed under subdued lighting for equally subdued lines of people to file past, paying silent respects.

In North Korea, Kim Il-sung’s public resting place was recently renovated to accommodate the embalmed remains of his son Kim Jong-il.

In Beijing, visitors to Mao Zedong are encouraged to buy flowers for him, though they must leave them outside.

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s revolutionary leader, wanted to be cremated but was preserved nonetheless. Outside his mausoleum Vietnamese queue in their hundreds for entry: schoolchildren, grizzled old men; women dressed in traditional ao dai.

The pull of the embalming fluid becomes still more puzzling when a country has politically moved on. Lenin has so far survived several attempts to evict him from Red Square, though the Soviet Union is long gone.

In China, Mao lingers at the heart of a capital which also plays host nowadays to Starbucks and McDonald’s. But so far, China’s politicians can still quote the sayings of Mao while pursuing policies widely at variance with his legacy.

It’s a balancing act that critics of the embalming of Venezuela’s president will now be anxiously watching.

Vocabulary


baffling
puzzling, confusing, difficult to understand

allure
an attractive, interesting or exciting quality

subdued
(of colour) not bright; (of sound) not loud

to file past
to move past (something) one by one

embalmed
preserved using chemicals to stop it decaying (of a dead person’s body)

cremated
burned as part of a funeral ceremony (of a dead person’s body)

grizzled
having grey hair and looking old

evict
force someone to leave somewhere

lingers
stays longer than is necessary

at variance with
different to

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