This type of pseudo-mythological imagery lends itself to ridicule in a modern, democratic society, but in a nationalist dictatorship it just works. Can we import their aesthetics without the famines and labor camps?
Aides to Kim Jong-un are convinced the North Korean leader plans “a great operation”, state media said on Wednesday in a report that included lavish descriptions and images of the leader riding a white horse up North Korea’s most sacred mountain.
In the photos released by state news agency KCNA, Kim is seen riding alone on a large white horse through snowy fields and woods on Mt Paektu, the spiritual homeland of the Kim dynasty.
“His march on horseback in Mt Paektu is a great event of weighty importance in the history of the Korean revolution,” KCNA said.