Laos Buddhism

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Buddhism was introduced to Laos beginning in the eighth century by Mon Buddhist monks and was widespread by the fourteenth century. A number of Laotian kings were important patrons of Buddhism.

In 16th century, under the rule of King Photisarath, Theravada became the national religion. Obviously, Theravada Buddhism is by far the most prominent organized religion in the country with nearly 5,000 pagodas scattered in country. Most Buddhist men spend some part of their lives as monks in temples, even if only for a few days. There are approximately 22,000 monks in the country.Nowadays, Lao government promulgates many policies to promote the influence of Buddhism in country through Buddhist festivals and ceremonies.

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