North Korean despot Kim Jong-il died (according to official reports) on the morning of December 17th. Following a period of mourning, his funeral was held today and was part of the process to ensure the succession of his young son, Kim Jong-un, to apparent power. As I noted here, his succession to power will probably be more apparent than real and he will likely be controlled behind the scenes by a regency.
The Religion of Kim has, over the years, become the dominant religion in North Korea. In this piece at my blog, I have examined some of the religious trappings in which the regime has been enveloped.