Chinese Gov’t Cracks Down on Reincarnation

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Newsweek reports on a very strange law passed in China:

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.” But beyond the irony lies China’s true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region’s Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country.

Bill Christensen at Technovelgy points out the disturbing similarity between this law and certain plot elements in Roger Zelazny’s 1967 novel Lord of Light, in which the ruling class of a future society where reincarnation is possible enforces its will by giving shitty bodies to citizens who piss them off.

Flag and seal of Tibet from Wikipedia.

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