Monday, July 27, 2009
Wang Hao De
Wang Hao De 王好德 is the founder of the Maitreya Great Tao religion, which is based in Hsin Chu, Taiwan. This sect according to Taiwan's survey has 100,000 members and 2000 temples. Wang was born in 1921, the 28th day of the 7th lunar month in a small village called Zhang Gu in Shandong province. He moved to Taiwan as a businessman. He was introduced and initiated to the I-Kuan Tao sect in 1948. He appeared to be a talented businessman and he was entrusted to take care of Sun Shu Zhen or Shi Mu, the great mistress of I-Kuan Tao, wife of Zhang Tian Ran. According to his believer Wang served as aide to Shi Mu for 21 years until her death in 1975.
I Kuan Tao remained to separate themselves from Wang and their followers labeled Wang as illegitimate.
* Clart, Philip. 2000. Opening the Wilderness for the Way of Heaven: A Chinese New Religion in the Greater Vancouver Area. Journal of Chinese Religions 28: 127-144
* Soo, Khin Wah. 1997. A Study of the Yiguan Dao (Unity Sect) and its Development in Peninsular Malaysia. Ph.D. dissertation, University of British Columbia.
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