The Cult of Mao


Participants wave as they swim with a portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong in the Xiangjiang river, a large branch of the Yangtze River, in Changsha, Hunan province, July 18, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A vendor arranges decorations at a booth in Yingtan, central China's Jiangxi province, February 11, 2007. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A worker cleans near a poster of the late Chairman Mao Zedong at a thermal power plant of the Nanjie Cun Group in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province September 25, 2012. Nanjie village, with more than 3,100 residents, is touted to be one of the remaining models of communist China, where the principles of morality and collectivism of the late Chairman Mao still strictly guide the people's daily lives. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)



Swimmers hold a flag with an image of Mao Zedong printed on it before they set off swimming in the Yangtze to mark International Labor Day in Wuhan, Hubei province, May 1, 2013. (Photo by Darley Shen/Reuters)



A student falls asleep as she holds a book containing a portrait of China's late chairman Mao Zedong during a lesson at the Democracy Elementary and Middle School in Sitong town, Henan province, December 3, 2013. (Photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters)



A girl poses for a photograph next to a 3D painting of Chairman Mao Zedong at an exhibition in Binzhou, Shandong province, December 15, 2013. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



Participants hold placards above their heads as they form a figure, in front of a statue of Chairman Mao Zedong in his youth, during an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Changsha, Hunan province, China, August 30, 2015. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A laborer rests on scaffolding in front of a portrait of late Chairman Mao Zedong at the city square in Changzhi, Shanxi province, July 10, 2009. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A student from an art school practices next to a poster with a portrait of the late Chairman Mao Zedong in Nanjie village of Luohe city in China's central Henan province, September 24, 2012. (Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters)



Impersonators of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong pose on a stage during the rehearsal of a drama entitled "The Red Sun Rises in Shaoshan" in Hunan province, December 21, 2008. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A person holds a flag of Mao Zedong, as people gather at a square to celebrate Mao's 121st birth anniversary in his hometown of Shaoshan, Hunan province, December 25, 2014. (Photo by Darwin Zhou/Reuters)



A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A discarded head is placed on the ground next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)



A man looks at a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. According to local villagers, several entrepreneurs spent nearly 3 million yuan (460,000 USD) to build the 36.6-metre-high statue covered in golden paint, local media reported. (Photo by Reuters/Stringer)





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