Buddhism and Monkhood in Thailand

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 17 March 2017
Original content on this blog returns: 2 June 2017

The Heartlander Tourist

While 42 % of Krabi is Muslim, an equal number of the population is Buddhist. So it made sense when I came across these gifts in a supermarket – gift packs for monks and people entering the Buddhist monkhood.

Tesco Monk Gifts 1With close to 94 % of the entire Thai population being Buddhist it is no surprise that a lot of Buddhist cultures are infused to the daily life of the people.

And which business would not capitalise on such local customs?

Tesco Monk Gifts 2Thai Buddhism is a regional phenomenon, a very influential Buddhist school even in Singapore.

Waterloo Street Vesak Day 6Devotees at the Fu Lu Shou Si Mian Fo Temple in Singapore on Vesak Day

Buddhism arrived in Thailand arrived during the 5th century due to the cultural influence from India. It’s cultural influence continued at an unofficial-social level until the 13th century when it was made the state religion of the Sukhothai Kingdom.

Sukhothai KingdomLargest…

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