This mausoleum is not alone in using Egyptian themes in its design. It also has a feature I've not seen before - the writing on the front may be Arabic, or even hieroglyph, and the date - 3-9-37 - is written backward, as if a mirror were needed to read it.
This sarcophagus for Colonel Bernabé Rivera (1795-1832) is said to be the oldest grave in the Cementerio Central. (I couldn't verify that on this visit.) All four sides of the plinth are covered with inscriptions that tell the story of how Rivera participated in the massacre of indigenous people in the battle of Salsipuedes (1831), and a year later was captured by Guarani 'Indians', killed and dismembered. It is unclear whether Rivera is regarded today as a hero or not, but it is significant that Uruguay is known as the only country in the Americas with no indigenous population.
(NOTE: in a Web search, several images showed up of angels with stars on their heads - not always with any cap or hat - but no definitive explanation of the star's meaning. As is all-too-common these days on the Internet, a number of people offered their [uninformed] opinions, with one blogger suggesting "It is a stamp of approval from God and baby Jesus." Without dignifying that opinion, or any other, I have to leave it unsolved at this point.)
Considering the population of México D.F. is over 20 million, I thought La Paz might be similarly populated. I could barely believe the taxi driver who told me that La Paz itself has around 1 million, with another 1 million or so in the El Alto area. It turns out he was right.