Cubans 'bury' man alive in mock funeral tradition

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In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Divaldo Aguiar, who plays the part of Pachencho, is lowered inside a grave site as he lies inside a mock coffin as part of the Burial of Pachencho celebration at a cemetery in Santiago de Las Vegas, Cuba. A man masquerading as a priest makes the sign of the cross over the grave and mutteres, "rest in peace." People blow trumpets, bang drums and toss flowers. Then villagers splash rum into Aguiar's mouth from above, and he opens his eyes and climbs out of the tomb."Being reborn is the most beautiful thing there is in life," said Aguiar, who said he has played "Pachencho” for several years running. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)