Cubans 'bury' man alive in mock funeral tradition

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In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, people play drums during the Burial of Pachencho celebration in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba. The tradition was born on Feb. 5, 1984, when villagers got the idea of putting on a mock burial to mark the end of local carnival season. It took its name from the title of a play that had showed in what was then the town theater. "Pachencho" is not representative of any real person, living or dead, explained Alvaro Hernandez, head of a learning and recreation center that today is housed in the former theater, "He's a product of popular imagination." (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)