FRANCE: Pickled & Burned

One hundred weary widows completed last week some seven months of funeral rites for their eccentric Lord: His Majesty Samdach Préah Bat Kampuchéa Sisowath, later King of Cambodia (TIME, Aug. 22). Because King Sisowath's little realm on the Gulf of Siam became a French protectorate in 1863, his seven-months-old corpse was honored, last week, not only by black, flat-faced, wide-mouthed Cambodians, but by French officials whose glossy, narrow-waisted clothes spelled Paris.

Through his capital, Phnôm-Penh, the body of King Sisowath was borne, last week, in a jewel-studded golden urn, displayed atop a tall, pyramid-like funeral car. At the time...

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