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Mao, Cult of
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‘Cult of Mao’ designates the personal cult or veneration (→ Veneration of Persons/Personality Cult) of revolutionary fighter and Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung; 1893–1976). This cult can be divided into two phases: the one practiced during Mao's lifetime, and the one that developed after his death.

Folk Veneration and Formation of the Cult of Mao after his Death

1. Near the beginning of 1989…

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Bumbacher, Stephan Peter, “Mao, Cult of”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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