The process of banishing superstitious belief in China has proven to be more difficult than expected.
According to the head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, the number of people in China who hold religious beliefs has skyrocketed in recent years. Officially an atheist country, authorities in China have been attempting to play down such beliefs, however the task is proving to be far from easy.
"For a ruling party which follows Marxism, we need to help people establish a correct world view and to scientifically deal with birth, ageing, sickness and death, as well as fortune and misfortune, via popularizing scientific knowledge," said Zuoan. "But we must realize that this is a long process and we need to be patient and work hard to achieve it."
"China is struggling to get its estimated 100 million religious believers to banish superstitious beliefs about things like sickness and death, the country's top religious affairs official told a state-run newspaper."
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