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Thailand Buddhism



Thailand Buddhism

The Thailand Buddhism is the national religion, more exactly, the Theravada Buddhism.

Practiced by more than 90% of the Thai, is influent, significant and very visible in the every day people’s life.

Regarding the Buddha’s personification, the Thais created a special human type which is considered one of the most suggestive expressions of the Asian art.


Regarding the ornaments, they copied the luxuriant character of the tropical vegetation.

Contrary to other Buddhist nations that used the sculpture to represent legends or myths, the Thais used this art only to personify Buddha and to adorn the religious monuments.


More, in Thailand, the Illuminate representation is unique: often presented in the deep meditation mood, with the bright face, familiar, with a halo, with elongated ears or enlarged ears, with an urn (a sing on the forehead representing the third eye of the spiritual vision) and with ushinsha, a cranial protuberance that represents the knowing. The places of worship are called wat. To understand the importance of the wat and the Buddhism’s influence in the Thai thinking is necessary to understand the multifunctional character of the monasteries and how much they help the ordinary people.


Thailand Buddhism

The families form the rural areas feel unsafe thinking to keep their goods in the house, so, they ask the abbot to deposit them at monastery.


The wat deposits documents and artefacts with historical significance as well as numerous Buddha’s representations used for the public veneration or as meditation objects.


The travellers can be accommodated at monasteries over night especially when they come to diverse festivals; the children sent to school in Bangkok can use them as homes, since their parents make donations.


The boys help the monks at the daily works and initiate themselves in the Buddhist religion mysteries. The state’s functions (elections, recruitments) exert in monasteries and some of them serve as clinics. From the total population of 60 million, 95% declared themselves Buddhists, in general adepts of the Theravada Buddhism.


In Thailand, as well as in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the Theravada Buddhism is the most important religion.


This type of Buddhism is different from the Mahayana Buddhism practiced in Japan, Korea and China as well as in the Hanoi region from Vietnam which has a long history of the Chinese influence.

The Theravada Buddhism is more influent compared with the Mahayana version which is often interweaved with the rigid Confucian doctrines. During the secular Thai history, the education, considered the key element of the national development and safety, was exclusively in the Buddhist monks’ hands. When you enter in a temple, you can’t be dressed like in a normal vacation day. For Thais, the skirts, the short pants and the sleeveless shirts are totally inadequate to visit a temple.

Buddhism Thailand

The men are being asked to not enter in short pants or sleeveless shirts and the women to not wear pants and the skirts to not cross the knees’ line. Also, you are not allowed to enter the temple if you wear scuffs.



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