What is the main religion in Thailand?

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Thursday, 03/11/2016 01:11

In Thailand, religion plays an important roles in every aspect of people here. It runs deep and permeate to their love, their daily life. Buddhism was Thailand's official national religion over past few centuries. Time passed, many things have changed, but the role of Buddhism in this country still remains.

Buddhism : main religion in Thailand

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Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand

Thailand's official national religion is Theravada Buddhism. Most of Thai people are Buddhism 95% whereas Muslim is the second large proportion in Thailand which is 3.8%. Christianity and Hinduism are very important religions in Thailand as well. The percentage of these two religions in this cuture is 0.5% and 0.1% respectively.

Thailand is home to almost 30,000 Buddhist temples ranging in size from large and elaborate, to small village buildings. No matter the size, these temples provide everything from religious texts to places to hold meetings, celebrations and recreational activities.

Another important aspect of Buddhism is the Buddhist Sangha. In history, the Sangha is an order of ordained monks whose job it is to uphold religious traditions and teach others the Buddhist way of life. The religion is so important in the country that many young men live as monks for a few months. Although women are not allowed to participate in this tradition, many are lay practitioners of Buddhism. This means they handle everything the Buddhist monks cannot. Monks are not allowed to work, listen to music or handle money. The lay practitioners take over these tasks along with organizing events, keeping the temple clean and lighting candles and incense.

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