In the small stalls along Beijing's busy alleyways, it is not uncommon to find, in the middle of a jumble of party-colored items, small prayer beads with the image of Xi. Jinping, and other presidential bonds. If there is nothing very common in the landscape of Chinese trinkets, Xi Jinping yet has a status apart. Having revived the cult of personality, he took up a whole religious rhetoric to establish his authority: since the Mao Zedong years, he is the first Chinese president to build such a strong leader figure.
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While the cult of Mao, always pregnant in China, exploited a very strong religious heritage behind the idea of a messianic dignity (which is still worth to him today the erection of many informal temples), Xi Jinping is located in a new register, rationalizing worship. On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Mao's birth in 2013, he declared: "The revolutionary leaders are not gods, but human beings. We can not venerate them as gods or forbid people to report their mistakes and correct them just because they are great; but we can not reject them altogether and erase their historical achievements just because they made mistakes. "
Xi Jinping him, makes play the religious passions on the line of the Party. It is less a question for him to position himself as a living god, than to replace the gods who are already the object of worship, presenting himself as a substitute tutelary figure.
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