This is just sad. But not terribly surprising considering China is a totalitarian country. I hope the Chinese don’t get their way and that the Tibetan language lives on and thrives.
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. . . not terribly surprising considering China is a totalitarian country. I hope the Chinese don’t get their way and that the Tibetan language lives on and thrives.
We can see this motif of political strongmen forcing their culture upon others.
One obvious example of this is in Scripture in 1st and 2nd Maccabees (and reflected upon in Hebrews).
The Greeks “force feeding” (sometimes literally) Hellenization upon the people of God.
HEBREWS 11:29-30, 35-36 29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
. . . 35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, that they might rise again to a better life.
36 Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment. . . .
(Minor formatting and emphasis of Scripture above and in posts below mine)
2nd MACABEES 7:1, 2b, 3a, 4b, 5b-11a, 13-14, 20-30a 1 It happened also that seven brothers and their mother were arrested and were being compelled by the king, under torture with whips and cords, to partake of unlawful swine’s flesh.
2 . . . For we are ready to die rather than transgress the laws of our fathers.”
3 The king fell into a rage . . .
. . . The smoke from the pan spread widely, but the brothers and their mother encouraged one another to die nobly, saying, 6 “The Lord God is watching over us and in truth has compassion on us, as Moses declared in his song which bore witness against the people to their faces, when he said, ‘And he will have compassion on his servants.’”
7 After the first brother had died in this way, they brought forward the second for their sport. They tore off the skin of his head with the hair, and asked him, “Will you eat rather than have your body punished limb by limb?” 8 He replied in the language of his fathers, and said to them, “No.” Therefore he in turn underwent tortures as the first brother had done. 9 And when he was at his last breath, he said, “You accursed wretch, you dismiss us from this present life, but the King of the universe will raise us up to an everlasting renewal of life, because we have died for his laws.”
10 After him, the third was the victim of their sport. When it was demanded, he quickly put out his tongue and courageously stretched forth his hands, 11 and said nobly, “I got these from Heaven, and because of his laws I disdain them, and from him I hope to get them back again.” . . .
13 When he too had died, they maltreated and tortured the fourth in the same way.
14 And when he was near death, he said, “One cannot but choose to die at the hands of men and to cherish the hope that God gives of being raised again by him. But for you there will be no resurrection to life!”
20 The mother was especially admirable and worthy of honorable memory.
Though she saw her seven sons perish within a single day,
she bore it with good courage because of her hope in the Lord.
21 She encouraged each of them in the language of their fathers. Filled with a noble spirit, she fired her woman’s reasoning with a man’s courage, and said to them, 22 “I do not know how you came into being in my womb. It was not I who gave you life and breath, nor I who set in order the elements within each of you. 23 Therefore the Creator of the world, who shaped the beginning of man and devised the origin of all things, will in his mercy give life and breath back to you again, since you now forget yourselves for the sake of his laws.” . . .
Continued . . .
Continuation . . .
2nd MACABEES 7:1, 2b, 3a, 4b, 5b-11a, 13-14, 20-30a 24 Anti′ochus felt that he was being treated with contempt, and he was suspicious of her reproachful tone.
The youngest brother being still alive, Anti′ochus not only appealed to him in words, but promised with oaths that he would make him rich and enviable if he would turn from the ways of his fathers, and that he would take him for his friend and entrust him with public affairs.
25 Since the young man would not listen to him at all,
the king called the mother to him and urged her to advise the youth to save himself.
26 After much urging on his part, she undertook to persuade her son.
27 But, leaning close to him, she spoke in their native tongue as follows, deriding the cruel tyrant: “My son, have pity on me. I carried you nine months in my womb, and nursed you for three years, and have reared you and brought you up to this point in your life, and have taken care of you. 28 I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being.
29 Do not fear this butcher,
but prove worthy of your brothers. Accept death, so that
in God’s mercy I may get you back again with your brothers.” 30 While she was still speaking, the young man said, “What are you waiting for? I will not obey the king’s . . .
39 The king fell into a rage, and handled him worse than the others, being exasperated at his scorn. 40 So he died in his integrity,
putting his whole trust in the Lord.
41 Last of all, the mother died, after her sons.
42 Let this be enough, then, about
the eating of sacrifices and the extreme tortures.
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