Falun Gong

Qi Gong is the generic name for a complex of techniques for physical and spiritual well-being, with a tradition in China predating the Christian era. It has sometimes been referred to as Chinese yoga. Although spiritual and religious activities in general are and have been viewed with suspicion in the People’s Republic of China, in the latter part of the 20th century, the government began actively promoting Qi Gong and certain other traditional practices, such as acupuncture, as part of traditional Chinese science. This eventually led to the so-called Qi Gong Boom of the ’80s and ’90s, involving hundreds of Qi Gong organizations, with perhaps as many as a hundred million practitioners. Although the initial impetus from the government was based on an understanding ...

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