Religion in Thailand has a fascinating cultural history that can be seen in the many sacred sites and temples scattered across the country. Aside from the law requiring the king to be a Buddhist, Thailand has no official religion, meaning all Thais enjoy the freedom of religion. However, Buddhism is the most widespread religion in Thailand, with about 95% of the population following this Theravada religion. The rest of the population follows the Muslim religion (4.6%), Catholic.
Christian (0.7%) and the remaining 1% are divided between Hindu, Sikh, and Jewish religions.
Thailand’s Buddhist population is large in Theravada tradition but has embraced Chinese and folk beliefs such as ancestor worship. Buddhism is the Thai religion responsible for most of the country’s spectacular temples, with Buddhist temples famous for their soaring domes, golden statues, unique architecture, and amazing details.
Islam is the second largest religion in Thailand and is a multicultural religion made up of different ethnic groups, including Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Cambodia. The national population. This religion of Thailand is the remaining influence of the Khmer Empire, and many Hindu deities form the namesake of some of the most famous places in Thailand. Like Shiva, Indra, and Ganesh.
The main Hindu practices that survive today include blessings with sacred ropes, holy water poured from conch shells, and Brahmin rituals. Judaism as a Thai religion dates back to the 17th century, but Jewish communities make up only a small part. Of the Thai population. An estimated 1,000 people follow Judaism, most of whom are said to live in Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Phuket, and Bangkok.
Christianity, introduced by European missionaries, has been a religion of Thailand since the 1550s and has since played an important role in modernizing the country, despite making up less than 1% of the national population. Five of the major denominations of Christianity were recognized in Thailand, including the Southern Baptists, the Church of Christ in Thailand, the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Fellowship of Thailand, and the Seventh-day Adventists, although they were not recognized as missionaries in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has also been active in Thailand for years.