Yaodi shengmiao jidian (Ceremony at the Emperor Yao Temple)

This poster was produced (almost certainly by the Japanese military) with the aim of advertising the re-opening of the Emperor Yao Temple (Yaodi shengmiao) in Linfen (Shanxi Province). This site was taken by the Japanese from communist resistance fighters, and was used by the Japanese as a symbol of the apparent iconoclasm and lack of religious sensitivity shown by the communists. The re-opening the temple to worshippers in the spring of 1938 by the Japanese was used to demonstrate the extent to which occupation supposedly included respect for Chinese religious traditions. The painted image of the female worshipper here was based on a photograph of a female worshipper at the same temple produced in other propaganda leaflets some months earlier.

Date

circa May 1938

Artist/Creator

Anon

Medium

Poster

Case Studies

Japanese-occupied China
(1937-1945)

Keywords

children, communism, flowers, religion, temple, women

Further information

Source

British Museum

Source Reference Details

Japanese Collections: 2006, 0117, 0.1–109

Permissions/Acknowledgements

© The Trustees of the British Museum

COTCA Identifier

BM-0003

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