Thursday, August 5, 2010

Two Dragons Entering into the Sea

In 1992 a Chinese trumpet player called Li Hongzhi began to preach a new religious movement, called Falun Gong or Falun Dafa. The movement grew rapidly into millions of followers before being banned by the Chinese government in 1999.

According to the government, Falun Gong was an evil cult, its members violent criminals. According to practitioners Falun Gong was a peaceful spiritual movement, while they alleged torture was used against them by the Chinese government.

In the meantime practitioners scattered and started attracting new recruits around the world. In 2005 I made this 44-minute radio documentary about Falun Gong and the Irish and Chinese people practicising it in Dublin. Two Dragons Entering into the Sea: A Radio Documentary on Falun Gong explodes many of the sensational claims of violence made by the Chinese government, as well as some of the extraordinary claims of practitioners. "Two Dragons Entering into the Sea", by the way, is the name of one of the Falun Gong's yoga-like exercises.

1 comment:

  1. The image in the video is the Falun Gong logo; the swastika, of course, being a prominent Hindu and Buddhist symbol before the Nazis adopted it. Falun Gong references Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, as well as a bizarre mixture of modern science and pseudoscience. Practitioners believe the founder is a god (and that we all can become gods through Falun Gong) and that practitioners can develop superpowers.


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