The other person had asked others to set up an altar to cast spells and paid 100,000 yuan in tribute. Pic for representation
Two Chinese officials have been sacked for involvement in "superstitious activities", including casting spells to aid promotions and attending geomancy courses under the guise of business trips, state media said on Friday.
Members of the ruling Communist Party are not supposed to follow any religion in officially atheist China, and the government takes a particularly harsh line on officials who practise what it deems are superstitious folk beliefs. Xinhua news agency said Tang Yuansong, a former county housing official in the central province of Hunan, went on five fengshui training courses under the guise of "investigation tours" starting in 2008.
Each session cost 54,000 yuan ($8,038), which Tang claimed back as business expenses. Tang also earned 5,000 yuan a year for practising fengshui for others, it added. The other person sacked, also a former county official, had "asked others to set up an altar to cast spells and paid 100,000 yuan in tribute each time, with hopes of being promoted", Xinhua said. Both will be further investigated for suspected criminal acts.
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