Laws are usually universally acceptable rules that keep us safe and organized and so that we know what to expect from others. Laws vary from country to country, reflecting the values of a certain culture, and you can understand if it differs from your own. But sometimes laws are so bizarre that you can’t help but wonder what provoked lawmakers to make the decision to approve some of the laws.

Sometimes countries don’t update very old laws that look silly in modern times, or a singular incident made them want to never experience something again, so they put a ban on it. Bored Panda collected some of the strangest, silliest, and most amusing laws from around the world. So enjoy and don’t forget to upvote the ones that surprised you the most!

#1

It's Illegal To Toss Non-Biodegradable Plastic Confetti In Mobile, Alabama

It's Illegal To Toss Non-Biodegradable Plastic Confetti In Mobile, Alabama

In the Code of Ordinance of the city Mobile in Alabama, there is a section talking about the use of confetti: “It shall be unlawful and an offense against the city for any person to have in possession, keep, store, use, manufacture, sell, offer for sale, give away or handle any non-biodegradable, plastic-based confetti, serpentine, or other substance or matters similar thereto within the city or within its police jurisdiction.”
 
Paper confetti is fine, but the law is more focused on plastic confetti which doesn’t disintegrate and ends up lying all over green areas.

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Pezor Zass
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2 months ago

that should be a law everywhere and should include glitter.

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#2

Billboards Are Banned In Alaska, Maine, Vermont, And Hawaii

Billboards Are Banned In Alaska, Maine, Vermont, And Hawaii

There are four states in the United States that have banned billboards: Alaska, Maine, Vermont, and Hawaii, where the ban was introduced the earliest. Businesspeople understand that this actually benefit them, because billboards ruin the landscape; without them, these states maintain their scenic beauty and attract more people to visit.

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Random Person
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2 months ago

I mean it makes sense...

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#3

Wearing High Heels Is Prohibited At Some Historical Sites In Greece

Wearing High Heels Is Prohibited At Some Historical Sites In Greece

In 2009, the director of Greek prehistoric and classical antiquities, Eleni Korka, said: "Female visitors must wear shoes that do not wound the monuments. These monuments have a skin that suffers and people must realize that." Stilettos can punch holes as the whole body's pressure is on them, so to minimize the wear on the monuments, the ban was introduced.

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KnownAsJetty
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2 months ago

that doesnt seem like a weird law

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#4

In Capri, You Must Clean Up After Your Dog; If Not, They Will Trace It With DNA

In Capri, You Must Clean Up After Your Dog; If Not, They Will Trace It With DNA

In the small island on the south side of the Gulf of Naples, Capri, there is a local law that dog owners must clean up after their dogs if they poop on the street. Unfortunately, not everyone is obeying the law and to enforce it, Mayor Lembo thought he could take advantage of another existing law requiring all dogs to have blood tests for canine leishmaniasis, and just have the DNA matched. If a person is busted for leaving a mess on the streets, they will be fined €2,000 ($2,400).

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RoseTheMad
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2 months ago

Feel like they need this everywhere, I'm sick of going out to the park and having to dodge dog s**t ffs.

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#5

It Is Against The Law To Have A Sleeping Donkey In Your Bathtub

It Is Against The Law To Have A Sleeping Donkey In Your Bathtub

In the state of Arizona, to this day, you can’t let a donkey sleep in your bathtub. The origin of the law is actually a funny story that apparently, nobody wanted to repeat itself. In 1924, a donkey found an abandoned bathtub outside its owner’s property and the animal took it as a good place to sleep. While it was sleeping, a dam near Kingman collapsed, causing a flash flood, and the napping donkey was carried by the waters. The people of the town were after the donkey to save him and after experience, considering the expense and the risks encountered by the rescuers, it was decided that donkeys should not be allowed to sleep in bathtubs.

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Martin Kaine
Community Member
2 months ago

....and opposed to regular inspections of local dams. Good job, 1920's Arizona!

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#6

By Law You Have To Walk Your Dog Three Times A Day In Turin, Italy

By Law You Have To Walk Your Dog Three Times A Day In Turin, Italy

In Turin, dog owners must walk their dogs three times a day. This rule was introduced in 2006, a year after Rome issued a decree saying that dog owners must walk their dogs at least once a day. This is a way of fighting cruelty against animals. The fines can go up to $600.

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Kennedy Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

What if you play all day or have a really exciting day with your do and it’s tired? Also how will they know you didn’t walk 3 times.

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#7

It's Illegal To Wrestle A Bear In South Africa

It's Illegal To Wrestle A Bear In South Africa

In South Africa, you are prohibited from wrestling a bear. Which is weird not only because who would willingly wrestle a bear, but they don’t even live there naturally.

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Kennedy Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

Interesting.

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#8

Running Out Of Fuel On The Autobahn Can Lead To A Fine

Running Out Of Fuel On The Autobahn Can Lead To A Fine

It is illegal to stop on the autobahn in Germany without a serious reason as it is dangerous. The driver is required to make sure that their vehicle is in the right condition to be used, and running out of fuel is not considered a serious enough reason to stop, so it is seen as a violation of this requirement and negligence.

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Virgil Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

Not to weird, it motivates you to check your gas levels when taking s trip. Someone having to come assist you while you are stranded is always a possible hazard to others.

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#9

It's Illegal To Disrupt A Wedding In Australia

It's Illegal To Disrupt A Wedding In Australia

In South Australia, if you purposefully disturb a wedding, a funeral, or any religious service, you can be fined $10,000 or be imprisoned for 2 years. In the Summary Offences Act 1953, it is stated, "A person who intentionally obstructs or disturbs a religious service or a wedding or funeral (whether secular or religious) [...] is guilty of an offence."

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Theater Kid
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2 months ago

Now all my plans are ruined. :(

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#10

You Cannot Enter The British Parliament Wearing Armor

You Cannot Enter The British Parliament Wearing Armor

The Statute Forbidding Bearing Of Armour or Coming Armed To Parliament Act 1313 was enacted in 1313 during the reign of Edward II Of England. The law is still in force today, although no one has been prosecuted for this in modern times. It states, "that in all parliaments, Treatises and other Assemblies, which should be made in the realm of England for ever, that every man shall come without all force and armour."

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cookie panda
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2 months ago

I mean, makes sense.

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#11

In La Paz, Bolivia, Married Women Can Only Drink One Glass Of Wine In A Bar Or Restaurant

In La Paz, Bolivia, Married Women Can Only Drink One Glass Of Wine In A Bar Or Restaurant

In a city of La Paz, Bolivia, married women are allowed to drink only one glass of wine in public. The law is there to prevent them from drunkenly flirting with other men that are not their husband. Also, men can divorce their wives if they are seen drinking in public.

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Nevaeh Flores
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2 months ago

what the f**k? I bet the law was passed by a man too

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#12

Russia, Belarus, And Kazakhstan "Ban" Lace Undergarments

Russia, Belarus, And Kazakhstan "Ban" Lace Undergarments

In 2014 Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan introduced a regulation which requires clothing in contact with skin to contain at least 6 percent of cotton. Underwear not meeting the requirement was not to be sold in stores. But most luxury lace undergarments have less than 4 percent cotton in them, meaning that the regulation is practically banning it.
 
The reasoning for this was that synthetic fabrics don't absorb moisture as well and can cause skin problems. However, textile producers and shoppers were not happy about this and there were even protests against the ban in Kazakhstan.

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

Or maybe it was to make them buy their cotton production?

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#13

In Public Pools In France, Men Can Wear Only Clinging Swimming Trunks

In Public Pools In France, Men Can Wear Only Clinging Swimming Trunks

In France, swimming shorts are not allowed to be worn in public swimming pools by men; only skintight swimming trunks are allowed. Apparently, it has to do with hygiene, because men may wear their baggy swim shorts as normal shorts and then they may pick up dust, dirt, and such.

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F. H.
Community Member
2 months ago

I was warned of that in the early 2000s and it turned out to be true. I suspected the reason given here.

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#14

Drunk People In The UK Can't Be In Charge Of A Cow

Drunk People In The UK Can't Be In Charge Of A Cow

According to the Licensing Act 1872 of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which enacts various regulations and offences relating to alcohol, “Every person who is drunk while in charge on any highway or other public place of any carriage, horse, cattle, or steam engine […] shall be liable to a penalty.”

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Theater Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

Did this...happen a lot? I mean they came up with the law somehow.

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#15

Some Beaches In Spain Forbid Building Large Sandcastles And Statues

Some Beaches In Spain Forbid Building Large Sandcastles And Statues

Building sandcastles on the beach is a very usual activity not only among kids, but adults too. However, some adults take it to the extreme, building such huge sculptures and castles that they were banned on some beaches in Spain. Some of the sculptures were really intricate, depicting such famous works of art like the last supper, and artists would take tips from tourists. But it doesn‘t affect tourists as long as they build the usual small castles.

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H Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe the sand artists also used fixative sprays or something to make them stay intact. I always wondered if they did that.

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#16

It's Illegal To Tell Fortunes In Baltimore, Maryland

It's Illegal To Tell Fortunes In Baltimore, Maryland

In the city of Baltimore, fortunetelling for money is forbidden and is punishable with a fine or jail: “Every person who shall demand or accept any remuneration or gratuity for forecasting or foretelling or for pretending to forecast or foretell the future of another by cards, palmreading or any other scheme, practice or device, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be fined not more than $500 or subject to imprisonment for not more than 1 year.”

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Martin Kaine
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2 months ago

Bet they didn't see that coming.

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#17

It’s Illegal To Flag Down A Taxi In England If You Have The Plague

It’s Illegal To Flag Down A Taxi In England If You Have The Plague

You cannot ride a taxi or any public transportation if you know that you have plague or any notifiable disease, for that matter, like cholera, relapsing fever, smallpox, and typhus. The law is contained in the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1985. Public Health Acts date back to the mid-nineteenth century. Even though the law is quite old and plague cases are very rare, we now know how fast a disease can spread.

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Cooper Lemley
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2 months ago

why would you do that anyway?

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#18

You Could Be Fined If Caught Eating And Drinking Near Churches And Public Buildings In Florence

You Could Be Fined If Caught Eating And Drinking Near Churches And Public Buildings In Florence

In 2018, the city of Florence banned people from pausing in the historic center to eat food standing or sitting on sidewalks, roadways, and on the doorsteps of shops and houses. For breaking the law, a person can get a fine up to €500 ($610). It was needed to stop people from littering and keeping the crowded historical center clean.

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Kitty Luna Darrow
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2 months ago

That's good, I hate seeing trash in beautiful places :(

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#19

It's Illegal To Sell And Import Chewing Gum In Singapore

It's Illegal To Sell And Import Chewing Gum In Singapore

Chewing gum was banned in Singapore in 1992, but currently it is not illegal to chew it, just to import it and sell it. In 2004, the ban had a revision and since then it is possible to buy therapeutic, dental, and nicotine chewing gum from a doctor or registered pharmacist.
 
The ban was introduced because vandals had begun sticking chewing gum on the door sensors of MRT trains, preventing doors from functioning properly and causing disruption to train services. Although they were rare incidents, they were difficult to fix and it was almost impossible to catch who did it. These incidents were just the last straw as the ban on chewing gum was brought up earlier, but not approved. Vandals were sticking their gum in mailboxes, inside keyholes, and on lift buttons. Chewing gum left on the ground, stairways, and pavements in public areas was hard to clean, so cleaning cost more and damaged cleaning equipment.

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Claudia Dugral
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2 months ago

First: Singapore is a "fine" city!!!

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#20

The Citizens Of Monaco Are Prohibited From Playing In The Monte Carlo Casino

The Citizens Of Monaco Are Prohibited From Playing In The Monte Carlo Casino

It was always forbidden for residents of Monaco to gamble in The Carlo Casino. When Princess Caroline developed the Monte Carlo Casino in the mid-1800s, she wanted all the revenue to come from foreigners. To compensate Monaco citizens for not allowing this form of entertainment, they are excused from income taxes.

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
2 months ago

What does it implies about them, when people refuse to use the products or services that they provide to others? Like silicon-valley tycoons who do not let their children use social networks... : "I know that s**t, I created it, so there is no way I will ever touch it".

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#21

You Must Provide For Your Elderly Parents In China

You Must Provide For Your Elderly Parents In China

In 2013, a new law was released in China requiring adults to care for their aging parents and visit them at least once a year. If the children fail to provide mental and financial support or don’t visit, they will have to pay fines or face time in jail. Because young adults are focused on their careers and want to be independent, their old parents are being left behind. It’s also because of the family planning policies that it is very easy for the only child to lose contact with their parents. And as China’s population is also getting old, more elderly people become neglected and feel lonely. So various measures are being taken and the "Elderly Rights Law" is one of them.

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Gay_Forg
Community Member
2 months ago

What if they were toxic tho. There have to be exceptions

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#22

It's Illegal To Wear A Mask Fully Covering The Face In Public In Denmark

It's Illegal To Wear A Mask Fully Covering The Face In Public In Denmark

In 2018, Denmark’s parliament approved a law that makes it illegal to wear garments that cover the face in public. It raised concerns that this law is aimed at some Muslim women who wear veils such as the niqab or burqa. Politicians argued that this ban would promote integration, or public safety, or that wearing a veil is inconsistent with national values like gender equality. However, Muslim women expressed that they don’t feel like they are being integrated, but rather discriminated against as wearing veils is their choice.

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Theater Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

Their reasoning was stupid.

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#23

In The Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden, Switzerland, Nude Hiking Is Against The Law

In The Canton Appenzell Innerrhoden, Switzerland, Nude Hiking Is Against The Law

Switzerland doesn’t have a specific law against nudity, just a law against indecency. This law was interpreted quite loosely by tourists and naked hiking became a popular thing. People were saying that they felt the sensation of freedom and connection with nature when they hiked naked.
 
The Swiss people didn’t appreciate encountering naked foreigners, so a vote was held in 2009 and it ended with a ban on nude hiking in the small canton in Switzerland, Appenzell Innerrhoden.

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Theater Kid
Community Member
2 months ago

Why on Earth would anyone decide to hike nude? Weird.

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#24

Canadian Radio Stations Must Play Canadian Artists

Canadian Radio Stations Must Play Canadian Artists

According to the Broadcasting Act in Canada, the country’s radio and television broadcasters must include a certain percentage of Canadian content in their programs. Canadian content is considered any content that was at least partly written, produced, presented, or otherwise contributed to by people from Canada. The requirements for radio play is to broadcast 40 percent of Canadian content a year, and for television, it is 55 percent yearly and 50 percent daily.

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Pezor Zass
Community Member
2 months ago

growing up in Canada, I had mixed feelings about this law. looking back on it, though, i have to say that i was exposed to a wider range of music than i would have been without it if radio stations could just stick to the usual top 40.

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#25

You Can't Take Selfies With Buddha In Sri Lanka

You Can't Take Selfies With Buddha In Sri Lanka

Mistreatment of Buddhist images and artefacts is strictly taboo in Sri Lanka. And when you are taking a selfie, you stand with your back turned to Buddha, which is considered disrespectful, so you shouldn’t take selfies in front of it. They take it very seriously and there was a case of French tourists being convicted under a section of the Penal Code which outlaws deeds intended to wound or insult "the religious feelings of any class of persons" through acts committed in, upon or near sacred objects or places of worship. What did they do you may ask? Well, they were posing for a picture, pretending to kiss a Buddha statue.

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Vicious Insect
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2 months ago

Still: respect the Buddha

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#26

It's Illegal For Your Chicken To Cross The Road In Georgia

It's Illegal For Your Chicken To Cross The Road In Georgia

In the United States, in the town of Quitman, Georgia, chicken or other domestic bird owners should keep their domestic fowl away from the streets or other public places. In Chapter 8 of the city’s Code of Ordinance, it is stated, "It shall be unlawful for any person owning or controlling chickens, ducks, geese or any other domestic fowl to allow the same to run at large upon the streets or alleys of the city or to be upon the premises of any other person, without the consent of such other person."

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Martin Kaine
Community Member
2 months ago

Chicken suppression laws are rampant in Georgia. How will we find out why they want to cross the road if we don't let them?!

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#27

Public Buildings In Wyoming Must Have Art Displays

Public Buildings In Wyoming Must Have Art Displays

Wyoming Statute 16-6-802 requires that newly constructed public buildings include art displays at a cost equal to 1% of the building’s total construction costs (but not to exceed $100,000). If the total cost of construction is less than $100,000, buildings are exempt from this requirement. The legislation was first passed in 1991. The artwork for each project is selected by a committee specifically selected for that project and its purpose is to beautify state buildings and draw attention to the wealth of artists' experience within the region.

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F. H.
Community Member
2 months ago

Similar in Germany. Though I think the cap is much higher and you usually end up with huge ugly steel or granite lumps by "renowned" artists instead of giving smaller local people a chance.

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Until 2015, It Was Illegal To Dance After Midnight In Japan

Until 2015, It Was Illegal To Dance After Midnight In Japan

From 1948 until 2015, it was illegal to dance after midnight in Japan. The ban was designed to stop prostitution that was linked to dance halls, but it wasn’t really enforced. However, the new law says club seating areas can't be too dark, which is an attempt to discourage crime. Darker clubs should be governed under the old law and have stricter rules for after-midnight operation.

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Bored Seb
Community Member
2 months ago

so like the gremlins. Don't feed them after midnight. Ok... but... when can we start again ? 2AM ? 5 AM ? 8 AM? that's complicated!

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#29

In Oshawa, Canada It Is Forbidden To Climb Trees

In Oshawa, Canada It Is Forbidden To Climb Trees

In the city of Oshawa in Ontario, Canada, it has been prohibited to climb trees since 2008. The law states, “No person shall interfere with a tree or part of a tree located on municipal property, including but not limited to attaching, affixing or placing upon in any manner any object or thing to a tree or part of a tree, and climbing the tree.” The city of Oshawa says that they care about their citizens’ safety so they prohibited this activity which can end with injuries.

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Pezor Zass
Community Member
2 months ago

not fun, but if the trees are on municipal property, this is a reasonable law to protect people and head off lawsuits.

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China Prohibits Unauthorized Buddhist Monks’ Reincarnation

China Prohibits Unauthorized Buddhist Monks’ Reincarnation

Until 2018, the State Administration For Religious Affairs (SARA) was a part of China‘s government, and in 2007, they issued a decree that all the reincarnations of tulkus of Tibetan Buddhism must get government approval, otherwise the reincarnations would be illegal.
 
Article 7 of the decree states, “once an application for a living Buddha’s reincarnation has received approval, […] the management organization at the monastery where the living Buddha is registered, or the corresponding Buddhist association, shall establish a search team to look for the reincarnate soul child, and search affairs shall be carried out under the leadership of the guidance team. No group or individual may without authorization carry out any activities related to searching for or recognizing reincarnating living buddha soul children.”
 
And when the reincarnate is found, the child will have to be approved by the provincial or autonomous regional people’s government religious affairs department, the State Administration For Religious Affairs or the State Council for approval, depending on the size of the living Buddha’s impact.

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Virgil Blue
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2 months ago

China is quite evil if it comes to making other peoples religious lives difficult.

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