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Here's one more from Macau, that former Portuguese colony in the south of China, now famous for casinos and gambling.

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Macau was one of the missionary strongholds in the east. Many attempts have been made to bring Jesus to China, but all failed somewhere along the line.

Ordinary Chinese just didn't get why they would have to give up their ancient philosophies for a religion that involved the worhsip of a tortured body.

Then the learned Jezuits decided to try and convert the Emperor, assuming that the people would then follow automatically.

Good thinking, except that while the Emperors welcomed their western science, technology and even art, the divine ones never really got around to their religion.

And in the end the old Jezuits learned more about Chinese thought and philosphy than the other way round.

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This picture shows a portable Christ head, handy for travelling missionaries. This artefact can be found in the treasury of one of the old Portuguese churches of Macau.

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song title reference: Wilco

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