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Mao the new God in Red China

Mao's birthplace has become the epicentre of the "red tourism" industry.

Written by Agencies | China |
February 7, 2012 5:41:12 pm

China that has abandoned Maoism four decades ago to embrace the capitalist road of development still has its revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as an iconic figure

among masses emerging as a new deity in the atheist country.

Mao,who ironically is being conferred as a new spiritual status of deity by people,however himself shuns the very idea of religion and God.

In Hunan province,his hometown,locals take every precaution to protect his “other-worldly life”,reported Global Times,published by the ruling Communist Party of China today.

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When Mao’s six-meter statue had to be repositioned in 1993,it welcomed millions of pilgrims,locals praying throughout the night before the move,assuring him that he need not take offence,it said.

“Numerous coincidences have happened here,especially after the statue was moved in 1993. People still believe that Chairman Mao is up there,watching us,” he said.

1,400 villagers in Shaoshan village is involved in the business of revering Mao more than 30 years after his death,his birthplace has become the epicentre of the “red tourism” industry.

The mystic appeal of Mao continues even after four decades of his death as more than seven million Chinese visited his home village last year spending about 292.68 million.

“It’s a unique phenomenon that many Chinese regard Chairman Mao as a god,” Hu Dechang,the vice director of Shaoshan Administration Bureau said.

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