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The Return of Chairman Mao’s Worship in China

December 30, 2013

Political propaganda poster depicting Chairman Mao as the Sun during the Cultural Revolution in China.

Political propaganda poster depicting Chairman Mao as the Sun during the Cultural Revolution in China.  During the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong, one of the founders of the People’s Republic of China, was portrayed as a god-like figure. The cult of personality worship has been repressed since downfall of Gang of Four and the advocacy of pragmatism by the Chinese Communist Party new leader Deng Xiaoping in 1970s.   However, with Chinese President and Communist Party chief Xi Jinping and other second red generation coming into power, the Chinese Red Culture is remerging. The latest wave of Red Cult is the celebration of Chair Mao’s 120th birthday, last week on 26 December 2013.   Tens of thousands gathered in Shaoshan to commemorate Mao’s birthday. Photo taken by Weibo User “Shaoshan Carpenter”.  The Return of Chairman Mao’s Worship in China

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