China: officials seek to banish superstition

Global Post: In a rare discussion of the Chinese government’s policies on religion, China’s top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper that the government wants its citizens to stop believing in superstitions about birth, death and fortune, Reuters reported.

“For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct worldview and to scientifically deal with birth, aging, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge,” Wang Zuoan, head of China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs, told the Study Times, according to Reuters.

While the Chinese government regularly bans superstitious practices, belief in pseudo science like palm reading, horoscopes, feng shui and rhino horn potions persists.

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