The Cult of Mao Zedong
I was reading recently on the cult of personalty many leaders create around them.
Mao Zedong, the plump politician in the preceding picture, has been a figure of veneration and literal worship in China for quite some time. Even today, his picture is thought to drive away evil spirits by some people.
He has been known as "The Savior of the People" in his image was put on everything... every knickknack you can imagine.
This leader also carried out reforms in China which ended up killing more people than Hitler or Stalin. The purged his Communist party so many times, killing off many competent leaders in order to keep himself in power.
It's amazing how some people can create a bizarre personal mythology, trying to make themselves into gods, while behaving like beasts. Is this what power does? I wonder what I would do if I had the absolute power that Mao had...
What would you do? Nobody would withhold you anything you wanted.