The cult is also marked by the intensity of the people's feelings for and devotion to their leaders, and the key role played by a 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 a resident of Hyesan, "Nowadays people are having a hard time...
as events related to the passing of the Suryeong are going on every single day in the Democratic Women's Union and workplaces alike".
They were also urged to support his absolute authority and to obey him unconditionally.
However, in 1996, schools were required to build a separate room for lectures dealing specifically with Kim Jong-il known as the Kim Jong-il Research Institute. Between 19, Jong-il accumulated no fewer than 54 titles, most of which had little to do or nothing at all with real political or military accomplishments since he never had any military training.
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.
Korean society, traditionally Confucian, places a strong emphasis on paternal hierarchy and loyalty.The Kims have taken these deeply held traditions and removed their spiritual component, replacing them with loyalty to the state and the ruling family in order to control the population.According to a 2013 report by New Focus International, the two major Korean news publications (Rodong Sinmun and the Korean Central News Agency) publish around 300 articles per month relating to the "cult of Kim".According to a 2005 speech by Kim Jong-il, Sukarno and the garden's director wanted to name the flower after Kim Il-sung. You have rendered enormous services to mankind, so you deserve a high honour." The year 2018 would thus correspond to Juche 107 (there is no year 0).July 8, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's death.
The larger elementary schools in the country have a room set aside for lectures that deal specifically with Kim Il-sung (known as the Kim Il-sung Research Institute).