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Please improve these citations so that sources are clearly identifiable. The North Korean cult of personality surrounding its ruling family, the Kim family, has existed in North Korea for decades and can be found in many examples of North Korean culture. Confucianized ideology of familism both in maintaining the cult and thereby in sustaining the regime itself.

The North Korean cult of personality is a large part of North Korean socialism and totalitarianism. According to Suh Dae-sook, the cult of personality surrounding the Kim family requires total loyalty and subjugation to the Kim family and establishes the country as a one-man dictatorship through successive generations. Kim Il-sung developed the political ideology of the Juche idea, generally understood as self-reliance, and further developed it between the 1950s and the 1970s.

At the 4th Party Conference held in April 2012, Kim Jong-un further defined Juche as the comprehensive thought of Kim Il-sung, developed and deepened by Kim Jong-il, therefore terming it as “Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism” and that it was “the only guiding idea of the party” and nation. 300 articles per month relating to the “cult of Kim”. The North Korean government claims there is no cult of personality, but rather genuine hero worship.

Image shown during an Arirang Festival. A mural of Kim Il-sung giving a speech in Pyongyang.

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