Notice concerning the Prohibition of Publication of Books that Propagate Ignorance and Superstition

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Recently, some individual street vendors and collective work unit have illegally edited, printed and distributed things of the sort of “The Five Elements Fortune-telling Book”, “The Physiognomy of Fingers and Palm”, “The Physiognomy of Three Generations” and “Exploring Auspicious Feng Shui in the Home”, to seek profit and in brazen violation of relevant State publishing regulations. Some official state publishers have, to pursue economic gain, without considering relevant State regulations, and under the excuse of academic research on ethnic customs and traditional culture, also published these sorts of books, and have even engaged in “cooperative” publishing with collective work units. For example, “Divination and Analysis” and “Forecasting the Human Life”, present physiognomy and fortune-telling in great length and detail. This sort of books violates science, violates reason, propagates ignorance and superstition, destroys the social atmosphere, gravely harms the construction of a Socialist spiritual civilization. This problem must be given high regard, and dealt with severely. On the basis of the Constitution and the spirit of relevant State regulations, the following is notified:

Publishers may not publish books propagating ignorance, superstition and violating science such as physiognomy, fortune-telling, feng shui, etc. Academic works truly researching ethnic customs and culture that involve material in these areas may be published. But publishers may not use this as an excuse to publish books propagating ignorance, superstition and feng shui. After receiving this notice, where publishers have already arranged for this topic selection, it shall be cancelled. Illegal publications that have already gone onto the market are banned without exception.

All localities’ press and publications bureaus must cooperate with the local industry and commerce, public security and other departments, strengthen management over the book market and ban this sort of boos that propagates ignorance and superstition. If publishers publish this sort of books in the future, they are subject to administrative punishment. Strict attack is continued against illegal publications.







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