Monday, December 17, 2007

Mao Tse Tung (Part 2)

In Beijing, some taxi drivers have pendants of Mao Tse Tung hanging from the ledge of the driver's mirror. They actually regard them as holy amulets to protect them from accidents and danger.

The same too applies to illiterate peasants who hawk under the overhead bridges. Talk about Mao Tse Tung and automatically, they put their hands together in a prayer gesture. Although he's dead for so many decades and his body lies embalmed in one of the musuems in the Tiananmen Square, he continues to hold power and sway among the illiterate.

On practically every campus, you would see a life sized stature of Mao. In those days, the college would take us out on weekend tours and when we returned after a long journey, usually by the late evening, the first things our eyes would figure out for in the dim light would be "Chairman Mao." It meant "we have arrived 'home' safely!"

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