Namo Buddha Policeman

Namo Buddha Policeman
展品位置:Namo Buddha Policeman
Exhibition Track
Transformations and The New Order > Modern Governance > Police State and Social Control
Police, colonial rule
Object description:
This poster was exhibited at the Taihoku Prefecture Police Health Exhibition in 1926. The policeman is transformed into a thousand-armed Guanyin with a knife in one hand and Buddhist prayer beads in the other to symbolize the stick and carrot that were being used to control the population.
The police had control over and monitored almost everything, from public health to what the people were allowed to say and think, while also playing a key role in the transfer of property, as well carrying out their traditional roles of arresting criminals and offering assistance.Some researchers suggest that Taiwan could be seen as a police-run island at this time.

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