Parallels Between Maoism and Pre-Modern Religion in China

Portrait of Mao at Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) in Beijing | Source: Mao Zedong portrait by Zhang Zhenshi & artist committee, WikiMedia Commons (Freedom of Panorama)

Gods and Lineages

According to Rudolf Wagner, secular movements like the communist movement in China attempt to “match the religious structure with revolutionary institutions” (Wagner 378). In the case of communism in China, I would say that this was done quite successfully, with the establishment of revolutionary analogues to gods, patriarchs/heroes…

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