For decades Mao Zedong had absolute power over the Chinese people; he dominated their minds and their lives. Even today, Mao’s teachings, thoughts, and doctrines continue to influence millions in China.
Mao’s “Little Red Book” is considered a valuable keepsake among the peasants and farmers living in China’s remote countryside..
Although Mao Zedong
established strict rules that both he and all future Leaders of China must be cremated and the whereabouts of their ashes kept secret, Mao’s widow and fourth wife, decided otherwise. She had Mao's body embalmed, preserved, and placed
on permanent display.
Now Mao Zedong’s embalmed body, draped in a red flag, lies in a crystal coffin in his own Majestic Mausoleum. And each day, from 8am to
4pm, endless lines of people are quickly-ushered through Mao’s Tomb to view his body. Guards wearing guns and snow white gloves…caution the curious to keep the lines moving at a fast pace. No one has time to study the quiet figure covered by China’s
official flag; no commoner is allowed to photograph the historic figure who’s permanently-asleep inside the thick crystal-glass casket.
But, after so many years,
is it really Mao Zedong whose lying inside the crystal casket?!?!? While living in China, I learned some shocking information from a friend named Steven
Zhao, the son of Mao’s former Security Chief. Steven told me, in great detail, what his father knew about the basement under Mao’s Mausoleum. Steven's father--who held a valued position within the Party--was allowed to view the
basement's large refrigerated rooms that contain numerous wax “models” of Chairman Mao.
It seems that after so-many years of having to constantly
repair Mao’s over-all look-- including re-structuring his body and, most-importantly, his face---there was, at last, nothing left to work with. Simply touching his skin caused it to separate from his skeletal frame and eventually, all the
bones in Mao's face collapsed--like a house of cards.
Everything about Chairman Mao's body began breaking-down, disintegrating, falling apart. Efforts
to keep his face and body intact were proving impossible so, Chinese medical and design experts gave instructions for China's most-trusted artists to use a special type of sculpting wax to create endless duplicates of Chairman Mao.
But, overtime, even these wax models lose their sharpness, their human believability so-- every year or two-- Chairman Mao’s “stand-in” leaves the
stage to be replaced by a fresher, newer, and more convincing Mao impersonator.
This is a major secret. This is a highly-kept secret that has never been
released to Mao’s millions of followers. Since 1967, Mao's Worshippers---by the millions--- continue to view the body inside the Crystal Casket--believing its the only body of their
beloved leader, Mao Zedong.
So, more than fifty years after his death, Chairman Mao's body has totally-disintegrated and no one in the public arena wonders what
happened to his ashes.You might say that, after all these years, Mao finally has his death wish.
PS--while traveling China's Great Wall, several poor Chinese insisted on giving me their much-loved and historic "Little Red Books." I've displayed several of them in the photo above.
These books contain quotes, thoughts, and writings of Mao Zedong. I know that Chinese treasure their little-red-books...as many Americans value their family Bibles.
It was such an honor to receive these historic gifts from the Chinese people. I will treasure them, always, although I don't read Chinese.