A still from the movie Silence about the purge of Christians in 17th century Japan.
Reflections by Wee Kek Koon
How Zoroastrians were purged in China, like Christians in Japan’s shogun era
The Persian religion, which the Chinese called Ao Jiao, was practised in China even by royalty, but suffered a purge in the 9th century and had been all but forgotten by the 1100s even if Zoroastrian temples survived
Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.