Make your own free website on Tripod.com

religion

Home
why to Thailand
before leaving
meteo
the first time
hints
hospitality
the sea
gastronomy
religion
festivals
Bangkok
Arrogance or Respect?
on the net

 

Under the sign of Buddha. 

When at the end of the 13th century the Thais could finally control Siam, the  Buddhism Theravada became the official religion of the Country. This is still practised by over 95 percent of the population - a faith that goes back to the teaching of Buddha and founded on the monastic life. 

In fact, every Thai male will be a monk for a short period of his life. This normally happens between the end of the school and the beginning of adulthood and the beginning of the working life.

Through this temporary life as a monk, he will gain great merits, which are needed to get through the long cycle of the reincarnations. Almost 10 percent of the male population lives in the monasteries and the monks are more than 150,000. For the same reason, the temples are about 30,000 and take care not only of the soul of believers, but also of their body. They represent the school, the orphanage, the kinder garden, the surgey, the refuge for older people and the justice court.

Home ] why to Thailand ] before leaving ] meteo ] the first time ] hints ] hospitality ] the sea ] gastronomy ] [ religion ] festivals ] Bangkok ] Arrogance or Respect? ] on the net ]