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Mao' Mango Cult

How a mango became an object of worship in 1968 in China

a Ted-ed Talk production

The history of the Cultural Revolution in the 60s in China…from the perspective of a mango…from a factory.

In August 1968, factory workers overheard news of a mandatory meeting. Whispered rumors described shipments of a gift from the country’s Communist leader, Chairman Mao Zedong. And sure enough, managers soon distributed a gift to every factory worker– a glass box encasing a golden wax replica of a mango. What was the meaning behind this unusual offering?

Dig into the era of China’s Cultural Revolution, and how communist leader Mao Zedong used mangoes as a propaganda tool.

Educator Vivian Jiang
Director Kayu Leung
Storyboard Artist Kayu Leung
Animator Kayu Leung
Art Director Kayu Leung
Narrator Pen-Pen Chen
Music Franz Schubert - Piano Trio in E-flat D929 - II. Andante con moto

Executive Creative Director: Logan Smalley
Produced by: Gerta Xhelo, Anna Bechtol
Associate Producer: Sazia Afrin
Editorial Director: Alex Rosenthal
Editorial Producer: Daniel Kwartler
Fact-checker: Paige Downie


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