By Maria Hsia Chang
The realm first took become aware of of a non secular crew referred to as Falun Gong on April 25, 1999, whilst greater than 10,000 of its fans protested sooner than the chinese language Communist headquarters in Beijing. Falun Gong investigates occasions within the wake of the demonstration: Beijing's condemnation of the gang as a Western, anti-Chinese strength and doomsday cult, the sect's endured defiance, and the national crusade that led to the incarceration and torture of many Falun Gong devoted. Maria Hsia Chang discusses the Falun Gong's ideals, together with their rules on cosmology, humanity's starting place, karma, reincarnation, UFOs, and the arrival apocalypse. She balances an account of the chinese language government's case opposed to the sect with an review of the credibility of these accusations. Describing China's lengthy background of mystery societies that initiated robust uprisings and infrequently overthrew dynasties, she explains the chinese language government's brutal therapy of the sect. and he or she concludes with a chronicle of the continuing persecution of non secular teams in China, of which Falun Gong is just one of many, and the social stipulations that breed the preferred discontent and alienation that spawn spiritual millenarianism.
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Persecution, in turn, politicized erstwhile apolitical religious groups, their very politicization only conﬁrming the government’s original suspicions. In this manner, by its religious intolerance, the Chinese state created its own nemesis. Today, facing what they see as a similar threat from Falun Gong, China’s political leaders have responded in like fashion. Although dynastic rule in China nominally ended in ∞Ω∞∞, there are signiﬁcant continuities between the People’s Republic of China and its imperial predecessor.
Perhaps it was no accident that Daoism and Buddhism were the main religious rivals of Confucianism. The latter emphasized propriety and conformity and was chieﬂy concerned with the temporal world of human relations, a preoccupation that could become stiﬂing for the individual. The appeal of Confucianism’s rivals, therefore, was precisely their otherworldly orientation, their insistence that life was ephemeral and that the pain and vexation that are part and parcel of human existence could be transcended through emotional and physical detachment.
On June ≤≤, detention center guards sent her to a hospital with three fractured neck vertebrae, minor head injuries, and breathing problems. After surgery and three months of hospital treatment, she returned home because her family could no longer a√ord the medical fees. ∏≥ Another victim was Chi Yulian, the mother of a ten-year-old boy. On May ≤Ω, ≤≠≠∞, she was cooking in her kitchen when police o≈cers stormed her home, handcu√ed her, and threw her onto her bed. The o≈cers searched the house, and after they found sectrelated material, they dragged her barefoot to a waiting police car and, from there, to a detention center.