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Wailing and sobbing, mourners beat their chests and dropped to their knees as North Korean President Kim Il Sung’s hearse crawled through the streets of Pyongyang in 1994, draped with a red flag and bedecked with white magnolias.

But even as they cried out on a hot summer’s day for the leader they called "Father," they began pledging their loyalty to his son, leader-in-waiting Kim Jong Il, who cut a solemn and somber figure in a dark blue suit, a black band wrapped around his left arm.

Same setting, different season: Similar shows of grief are expected when North Korea lays Kim Jong Il to rest in a winter chill during two days of funeral ceremonies on Wednesday and Thursday. As in 1994, the events will be watched closely for clues to who will gain power and who will fall out of favor under the next leader, his son Kim Jong Un.

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