Stumbled across this article while browsing the WitchVox Facebook page. Apparently China is banning reincarnation without “government approval”.
I read that and couldn’t believe what passed before my eyes. Banning reincarnation?? How is that even possible? How is it possible a government could prevent something like that? The only thing I could think of is that they’ll outlaw anyone who claims to be a reincarnated soul…which, as the article points out, makes this more difficult for the Dalai Lama, but since he’s already banned anyway, how does this really make much difference? I admit I don’t understand all of the politics that goes on in the region, nor do I have a full grasp on the history of the China-Tibet struggle. But they’re monks! To my mind, they’re harmless. I suppose China must see them as a threat of some kind if they’re taking such measures to try to regulate and control a divine system that cannot be humanly controlled.
A more in-depth article that explains the political and religious repercussions of this measure can be found here: Article 2.