Much of present-day Thailand's culture is founded on a variety of sacred belief systems, including Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Brahmanism (the precursor to modern Hinduism), animism, shamanism and beliefs imported by Chinese immigrants. To most Thais, these various beliefs complement rather than conflict with each other. Temples, shrines, murals, mountains, spirit houses, monuments, palaces, monks, spirits, deities, ghosts, amulets, tattoos, festivals, chants, mantras, occult spells and astrology are all part of the rich tapestry of Thai sacred belief, and this site is the place to learn about them all.
To a tourist, temples, monks and Buddha images are the most obvious examples of Thailand's sacred belief, but there is much more - and the more you know, the more rewarding your visit will be.
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