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In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation."

[That first sentence is a WTF on so many levels. Rumble in my icon is definitely saying "Man, WHAT?"]

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spacelem
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
So, do you have to get a form and fill it in?
mythdude
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:46 pm (UTC)
Good! I'm tired of those goody two shoes reincarnating and all that crap. God gave you only ONE life, so live it ya hippies!!!

;P

I keeeed, I keeeeed. That's seriously one messed up bill. Good thing that would never happen in MY country.

...I just got a cold shiver down my back, as if Bush read the same article and went "That's not half bad..."
wyrm_chris
Aug. 22nd, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for posting. This has now officially made my day.
el_timbo_2
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)
Wow, there are parts of my brain that hurt reading this that I wasn't even aware were parts until they started to hurt.

Ow.
kufi
Aug. 23rd, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
I want to know how they plan to enforce this.
autopope
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:30 am (UTC)
With great ease -- because it's not about what you think it's about.

You've fallen into the trap of thinking of it in religious terms. To the Chinese government, it's not about religion, because they're officially atheists; it's about politics.

The llamas wield considerable political clout in Tibet, despite the Chinese government's occupation of the country, and they recruit children who are presented as the reincarnated souls of dead priests. These children are then used as mouthpieces by the temples who look after them. This is therefore quite obviously a political issue unless you really, truly, believe in reincarnation (do you?).

I find the way the (American) reporting frames the issue quite disturbing, actually: it implicitly reinforces superstition by dressing it up in whimsical drag.
purplerabbits
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
Well the article makes it clear that it's about controlling/deciding on the new Dalai Lama (and he is a lama not a llama!) but I do wonder how the law is *actually* phrased...
akicif
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:09 pm (UTC)
Spoilsport! I rather liked the idea of clout-wielding llamas....

(I was saddened when 3L didn't take up the opportunity to sponsor a llama at Edinburgh Zoo - it would've been one in the eye for that Mr Nash!)
chrisondra
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:23 am (UTC)
That was exactly my thought!

Now I'm thinking like you!

AH!
fenland
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:11 pm (UTC)
*HEAD DESK* And repeat...

China state admin are ***holes

[BTW like your Tranformer icons... where did you get it from?]
everinward
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
China has huge, brass balls, to pass such a laughingstock law.

I will eat Szechuan tonight, in honor of the Great Balls of China.


madmanofprague
Aug. 23rd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Can you say "Mage adventure hook"?
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