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Religion in Thailand

religion packagetour tour thailand traveler vacation hotel cheaphotelMore than every nine out of ten Thais are followers of Theravada Buddhism. The religion is highly important in Thailand, to the degree that it is the official religion in Thailand, sanctioned by the Thai legal system. Theravada Buddhism takes its roots back to the teachings of the enlightened Buddha. In light of these teachings, the human should strive for compassion and tolerance in order to relieve the pain. As a result, the ingrained tolerance makes Thai people very respectful for religious views of others. Thai people also enjoy talking about Buddhism and explaining the Buddha teachings with travelers in Thailand, who have plenty of opportunities to visit Buddha temples all over Thailand.

Religion is in every aspect of life in Thailand. The Thai people show their great reverence for the Buddha in every place of everyday life. There are Buddha statues and images at homes, in taxis, and literally all places where people go. Business owners place Buddha images in their companies to see their business prosper. The country sanctions many Buddhist holidays throughout the year and it is a regular custom to go early morning to wat – Buddhist temple – to show reverence for the Buddha. Buddhist temples are often the center of a town.

religion packagetour cheaphotel tour thailand traveler vacation hotelMeditation is one of the ways Buddhism is practices by the Thais. It is a process in which the person calms down and reflects about own behaviors. Meditation leads to understanding the causes of personal desire and eventually relieves the pain. Travelers in Thailand can learn the fundamentals of meditation.  There are certain temples (particularly in Chiang Mai) that permit foreign visitors to have a conversation with monks in order to better fathom the Buddhist teachings.

The most indigenous in Thailand is Theravada Buddhism, which is a philosophical system rather than a religion. Followers of Theravada Buddhism do not believe in God, but rather hold many spiritual beliefs, which originate from Hindu religions. For Thais, the presence of a good spirit at business or at home is worshiped by placing offerings outside their homes or business. This is to appease good spirits at special spirit houses. In addition, Buddhist monks are invited to visit a new house or a company to bless them. It is very ordinary to see Thais praying in the presence of lit incenses directed towards Buddha images and a group of Hindu gods. Their shrines are spread throughout major cities and the countryside.

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Islam is also an important religion in Thailand, however, practiced by only 5 percent of the Thai population. The majority of Thai Muslims live in the deep south of Thailand, in the provinces bordering with Malaysia. Apart from Islam, there are other religions practiced by the Thais. Among them are Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism and Christianity. Very few people practice them, majority of whom reside in the country’s capital and come from various countries


 

Religion is a very aspect of life in Thailand. The Thai people show their reverence for the Buddha in every place of everyday life. There are Buddha statues and images at homes, in taxis, and literally all places where people go. Business owners place Buddha images in their companies to see their business prosper. The country sanctions many Buddhist holidays throughout the year and it is a regular custom to go early morning to wat – Buddhist temple – to show reverence for the Buddha. Buddhist temples are often the center of a town.

 

Meditation is one of the ways Buddhism is practices by the Thai. It is a process in which the person calms down and reflects about own behaviors. Meditation leads to understanding the causes of personal desire and eventually relieves the pain. Travelers in Thailand can learn the fundamentals of meditation at various. There are certain temples (particularly in Chiang Mai) that permit foreign visitors to have a conversation with monks in order to better fathom the Buddhist teachings.

 

The most popular in Thailand Theravada Buddhism is a philosophical system rather than a religion. Followers of Theravada Buddhism do not believe in God, but rather hold many spiritual beliefs, which originate from Hindu religions. For Thais, the presence of a good spirit at business or at home is worshiped by placing offerings outside their homes or at business. This is to appease good spirits at special spirit houses. In addition, Buddhist monks are attracted to visit a new house or a company to  bless them. It is very ordinary to see Thais praying in the presence of lit incenses directed towards Buddha images and a group of Hindu gods. Their shrines are spread throughout major cities and the countryside.

 

Islam is also an important religion in Thailand – however, practiced by only 5 percent of the Thai population. The greater part of Thai Muslims live in the very south of Thailand, in the provinces bordering with the Malaysian border. Apart from Islam, there are other religions practiced by the Thais. Among them are Hinduism, Confucianism, Taosim and Christianity. Very few people practice them, majority of whom reside in the country’s capital and come from various countries