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Old 01-24-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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Yes, it would be interesting to learn more about the culture and folklore of Thailand. I'm familiar with Buddha's footprints and other relics, which can be found all over Asia. I am keen to re-visit Thailand, but this time avoid the tourist spots. Actually I'm planning on visiting Chiang Mai and northern Thailand in the next few years so the timing with be good! Good luck with the house hunting!

 
Old 01-24-2014, 07:31 PM
 
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Yes, it's very serious and very deeply embedded in Thai culture. Somewhere between 95% to 99% of Thailand is Buddhist. In towns, cities, villages they have food and special drinks set aside for the deities and spirits.

There is friction between and w/ Muslims that live in the southern part of Thailand, and a lot of the Muslims tend to be darker skin or darker in skin coloring etc.

Buddhism is very important in Thailand. The monarchy kingdom in Thailand also promotes and ubiquitously upholds the tenets of the Buddhist faith. And disrespect or questioning of the king and queen is punishable by law in Thailand.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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Yeah they tout that 96% figure, but I doubt if even half of Thais really think much about it. It's a pretty materialistic culture. It's kinda like saying 80% of Swedes are Lutheran.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 08:41 PM
 
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Yeah they tout that 96% figure, but I doubt if even half of Thais really think much about it. It's a pretty materialistic culture. It's kinda like saying 80% of Swedes are Lutheran.
Well many nations that have an ultra mega majority of one religion or faith often have a significant number of populations that declare or proclaim it nominally or in name but they are very secular.

Its similar to how many Israelis in Israel are only Secular Jews etc.

Or it's like how many U.S. Americans claim Christianity but they really only just celebrate Christmas and Easter and are very secular etc or just spiritual.

In addition many aspects of the religion are tied into the culture and mainstream etc at times too.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 10:04 PM
 
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Well many nations that have an ultra mega majority of one religion or faith often have a significant number of populations that declare or proclaim it nominally or in name but they are very secular.

Its similar to how many Israelis in Israel are only Secular Jews etc.

Or it's like how many U.S. Americans claim Christianity but they really only just celebrate Christmas and Easter and are very secular etc or just spiritual.

In addition many aspects of the religion are tied into the culture and mainstream etc at times too.
Exactly. From what I hear Thailand is getting more secular, especially Bangkok, and it doesn't really affect their lives that much. It's not only the Christian world where religion is becoming less prominent.
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