Major World Religions Maoism

About the major world religion Maoism, some of the history, varieties, beliefs and meanings behind the religious tradition.

MAOISM

Maoism (or "Mao Tse-tung Thought," as it is known in China) is an outgrowth of Marxism-Leninism which was brought to China from the Soviet Union in the 1920s. Its founder, Mao Tse-tung (1893- ), aligned himself with the poor peasants of China and gained control of the Chinese Communist party in 1935. By the time the people's Republic of China was established in 1949, Mao was the acknowledged hero and leader of the revolution and the new Government.

Pictures of Mao are prominent throughout China and everyone in the country who can read reads Quotations from the Works of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the main text of Maoism and the 2nd most widely distributed book in the world. Dedicated Maoists refer to this book whenever problems arise. They claim that it always provides the proper inspirational quotation.

The main tenets of Maoism are faith in the Communist party, faith in the masses, and transcendence of personal desires in order to serve the people as a whole.

It is estimated that there are 800 million Maoists in China alone, although they don't all agree on practical interpretations of the scripture.

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