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Thailand Religion

 

 

Thailand Religion

With the surge of tourists, overseas workers and immigrants over the years, the number of religions in Thailand has increased.

 

Although predominantly Buddhists, residents of Thailand vary from Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Confucianists, and Catholics.

 

This is because Thailand has always extended freedom in religion to everyone, including foreigners in their land.

Thailand’s religious make up is approximately 95% Buddhists and 4% Muslims.

 

The remaining 1% is consisted of Catholics, Jews, Confucianists, and Hindus.

 

One of the duties assigned to the King of Thailand is to be a protector or guardian of all religions. So, Thailand government respects a person’s right to choose his own religion. Every citizen in Thailand is welcome to preach and practice whatever religion they believe in. The government leaves the evaluation and acceptance of new religious organizations to its existing religious governing bodies.

 

Religion in Thailand

Only the organizations accepted by these governing bodies are registered by the government.

But, these unregistered religious organizations are still free to preach or practice religious activities as they please. As long as they are not doing anything illegal, of course. So far, there have been no reports of serious trouble arising from religious differences. Religion is also not taken into account when applying for a job. There are no religious discriminations in Thailand.

The King however, has to be a Buddhist as stipulated in Thailand constitution since Buddhism is Thailand’s primary religion.

 

Some Buddhist families in Thailand still practice the tradition of having one male member indoctrinated with the teachings of Buddha in a monastery.  When male Buddhists reach the age of 21, they are ordained at least once.

 

The ordainment may last from five (5) days to three (3) months. Buddhists hold this ordainment during the yearly Rains Retreat—a time of the year when all monks keep among themselves in monasteries for the whole duration of the retreat.

Education in these temples has been the strong foundation and strong contributor in the high literacy rate in Thailand. Thai temples not only serve religious purposes, they also act as information gateway about community news, employment opportunities, health advisories and other pertinent information for the welfare of the community. Buddhism in Thailand is not as exotic or esoteric as depicted in Hollywood movies.

Thailand Religion
 

Buddhists simply believe and act according to the Law of Karma, or the law of cause and effect. Buddhist people strive to do only good and avoid bad behavior, especially towards fellowmen. They do this in the pursuit of a better life.

 
 

  

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