China’s (not-so-)new god

A visit to a temple prompts some interesting remarks about popular religion in China:
“The Goddess of Mercy has turned into a goddess of Fortune, and for a Westerner like me, the place seemed to be an Eastern variation of a Marian cult.
The cult of “good luck” has always been a factor in Chinese society. But in recent decades, this cult has achieved an unprecedented renaissance. …wealth… seems to be the topic of every conversation, the motive for every action toward ones family or beyond. It is part of the global manifestation of modern “low paganism,” and in such a society one cannot even have the status of personhood without one’s value in money.”

For the rest see: The Cult of Prosperity.

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