Taoism, one of the Three Teachings of Chinese spirituality and religion, faces increasing suppression, as temples are repurposed and believers indoctrinated.
Buddhism and Taoism in the southwestern province suffered heavy blows last year, as temples were shuttered or demolished, religious symbols and statues destroyed.
Bitter Winter continuously receives reports about the regime’s attacks on Buddhist and Taoist temples, which are destroyed, sealed-off, or repurposed.
“As evil as a mafia,” devastated Buddhists and Taoists say about China’s government after numerous temples in the province were suppressed at the end of 2019.
The government of this Shaanxi Province city has adopted drastic measures to implement orders from Beijing to eradicate Buddhist, Taoist, and folk religion temples.
Ignoring pleas from believers and threatening to suppress them, the Chinese regime wantonly destroys Buddhist and Taoist temples, loots their assets.
The CCP is reaching new highs of “creativity” in crushing religious belief, by revamping statues of Buddha and Lao-Tzu to look like Chinese emperors and writers.
After the CCP ordered a crackdown on religious statues, many were modified in bizarre ways as this was the only alternative to destruction. Bitter Winter here collects several typical cases for our readers.
To save Buddhist and Taoist temples from demolition, believers hide or remove religious statues, replace them with images of China’s past and current leaders.