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Die heiligen Mangos des grossen Steuermanns

Posted by entdinglichung - 31. Juli 2010

In der Beilage zur neuen Ausgabe der geschichtswissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift Past and Present mit dem Schwerpunkt Relics and Remains findet mensch u.a. einen Artikel von Adam Yuet Chau mit dem Titel Mao’s Travelling Mangoes: Food as Relic in Revolutionary China, welcher sich mit dem Personenkult Reliquienkult um einige Mangos beschäftigt, welche Mao Tse-tung vom antihegemonistischen bürgerlichen pakistanischen Aussenminister Mian Arshad Hussain anlässlich eines Staatsbesuches 1968 erhalten hatte, der Autor fasst zusammen:

„When Mao gave the mangoes to the workers’ propaganda team, he acted not simply as a gift-giver but also as a host, like an emperor sending his leftover dishes to his favourite ministers and princes after a meal. But the hosting idiom is even stronger on the side of the revolutionary masses. Even though they were guests at Mao’s imaginary banquet table partaking of the bounty of the mango feast, they were at the same time hosts of the mangoes (we might want to call this the ‘dialectic of hosting and being hosted’), as the mangoes were made to represent Mao’s care for the workers and the revolutionary masses or even the very embodiment of Mao himself. Just as they ‘invited’ (qing) and hosted Mao portraits, Mao badges and The Complete Works of Mao, they also ‘invited’ and hosted Mao’s mangoes (which is similar also to the ways in which various Buddhist communities hosted Buddhist relics).

To host the Mao mangoes successfully each factory or locale had to organize well the welcoming party, the display, and the sending off. Workers with the right class background and high political awareness were given the sacred task of actually holding the mango display containers during the transits and the parades. Enthusiasm and devotion was demonstrated by how large the crowd was that came out to welcome and view the mangoes. For example, when the mango came to Yulin City (a small prefectural city in Shaanxi Province), more than 5,000 city residents and soldiers came out into the streets to welcome the mango (replica) and the provincial workers’ propaganda team delegation that brought the mango (replica) back from their trip to Beijing.

I shall conclude my analysis of the mango relic-making in terms of what I call ‘relic dialectics’. The mango relic in Maoist revolutionary China, similar to relics in Christian and Buddhist religious cultures, exemplified the intriguing relationship (or dialectics) between uniqueness and sameness, authenticity and inauthenticity, convergence and dispersal, mmobility and mobility, secrecy and display, proximity and distant yearning, corruptibility and incorruptibility.“

ob die Maos Mangos Wunder bewirkt haben ist fraglich, vielleicht tut sich ja etwas, wenn mensch (mit reinem Herzen) die nachfolgenden Bildchen berührt

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