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Photos from Mao Zedong's hometown

Mark MacKinnon and John Lehmann discover that in Shaoshan, Mao Zedong is Mao the devout Communist, Mao the great military leader, Mao the poet, Mao the dutiful son. Left out entirely is Mao the madman whose ideological campaigns led to the deaths of tens of millions of Chinese and the impoverishment of the entire country.

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Mao Zedong memorabilia for sale in Mao's Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Mao Zedong memorabilia for sale in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Pilgrimages at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Pilgrimages snap photos at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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People’s Armed Police salute during a flower placing ceremony at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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People's Armed Police and Mao devotees during a flower placing ceremony at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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A cleaner sweeps up before a flower placing ceremony at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao's Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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People's Armed Police and Mao devotes during a flower placing ceremony at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao's Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Flowers are taken away at the end of the day from the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao's Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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A Mao devote pays her respects at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Police stand guard at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao's Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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A Mao devote pays her respects at the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

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Flowers are taken away at the end of the day from the Mao Zedong memorial in Mao’s Home Town of Shaoshan, China January 12, 2013.

John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

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