10+ Easy Words Related To Religion In Thailand

Religion In Thailand

Wondering about the religious beliefs in the Land Of The Free? A vast majority follow Buddhism as a religion in Thailand. Still, unlike other countries, the Thai people enjoy religious freedom, which means that they can choose and practice other religions as they like. For this reason, the Thai culture is very much open-minded and conscious of the idea of meeting people who follow a different faith.

If you are a traveler, it’s important to learn the culture and traditions of each country, especially if there are religious practices to respect. Let’s learn more about the religion in Thailand and the Thai language in today’s post.

Want to learn more about Thai religion? Before we further discuss the religious beliefs in Thai culture, it would be wise to draw your attention to some of the most common words you might hear from the locals related to this topic. Check out the table below and take notes.

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phí thisพิธีphí thii
Festivalเทศกาลthêet sà gaan
Mosqueมัสยิดmát sà yít
Prayerการสวดมนตร์kaan sùat mon
Religiousเคร่งศาสนาkhrêŋ sàatsanǎa
Fastingถือศีลอดthʉ̌ʉsǐin òt

Now that we have an idea of the basic words related to religion in the Thai language let’s dive deeper into the core of this topic by focusing on the religious groups in Thailand.

3 Major Religious Groups In Thailand

The unique thing about this country is that they do not have official recognition for religions. While many are allowed to practice different religions as they wish, there are three most common religious groups that you can see in Thailand: Theravada Buddhists, Thai Muslims, and Christians. There are also other religious groups and newer organizations, but there are only a few followers of these. Perhaps this is because there is a quota on the number of foreign missionaries allowed to operate and officially register in the country.

Religion in Thailand Buddhism

Buddhism: The Major Religion In Thailand

The dominant religion in Thailand is Thai Buddhism, with about 94.6% followers. This is the reason the country has tons of temples in almost every monastic community.

The Theravada Buddhist affiliation was brought about by the people from its neighboring countries, such as Laos, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Myanmar. If this is your first time hearing it, then you can simply think of the monks donning yellow robes. However, if you have been to the country before, perhaps you saw that almost every corner has at least a small Buddhist image where the locals can offer various items to the monks. From food and medicine, to even clothing, people are allowed to provide anything for the monks.

Perhaps by now, you are wondering, “Why are the people offering something”? In their religious beliefs, the act of offering something to the monks means earning Buddhist merit, which can, in turn, help them have a chance to be given rebirth.

Religion in Thailand Islam

Islam: Minority Faith In Thailand

Another religion in the country is the Islamic faith, which has a population of about 4.9% in the whole country. Most Thai Muslims consider themselves Sunni Muslims, which is the same type of Islam popular in the Arab world, China, and Africa. There is no particular place where they can be found in the country, unlike in the Philippines, where Muslims are usually in Mindanao. However, it was reported that they stay in the Southern Thai Provinces, precisely in the cities and towns of Yala, Pattani, Satun, and Narathiwat.

At present, there are several Islamic schools, as well as other institutions, that mainly cater to the followers of this religion. Most of its believers are migrants from other Asian countries, including China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, but there are also some Thais from ethnic groups that are practicing this too.

Religion in Thailand Christianity

Christians: Minority Religion In Thailand

Christianity is also a minority Thai religion which has a population of about 1.17%. This religion has been in the country for quite a time now, and it was brought by the European missionaries based in 1510. The major type of Christianity in the country is Roman Catholicism, but there are also some who follow Protestantism. Since there is no official state religion and the citizens are allowed to welcome other faiths, there is no surprise why there are also tons of educational institutions as well as establishments that cater to those who believe in Jesus Christ.

How Do You Say Religion In Thai?

The Thai word for name is ศาสนา (sàatsanǎa)

If you want to tell someone what your religion is, you can say ‘My name is …’ or Sàatsanǎa khɔ̌ɔŋ phǒm/chǎn khʉʉ [Religion] ศาสนาของผม/ฉันคือ [Religion].

Other Vocabulary For Religion In Thai

Now that you know how to say ‘My religion is …’ in Thai, you can try practicing introducing your religion with some of the religions you’ve learned about.

My religion is …ศาสนาของผม/ฉันคือsàatsanǎa khɔ̌ɔŋ phǒm/chǎn khʉʉ
My religion is Buddhismศาสนาของผม/ฉันคือศาสนาพุทธsàatsanǎa khɔ̌ɔŋ phǒm/chǎn khʉʉ sàatsanǎaphút
My religion is Christianityศาสนาของผม/ฉันคือศาสนาคริสต์sàatsanǎa khɔ̌ɔŋ phǒm/chǎn khʉʉ sàatsanǎakhrít
My religion is Islamศาสนาของผม/ฉันคืออิสลามsàatsanǎa khɔ̌ɔŋ phǒm/chǎn khʉʉ ìt laam

Frequently Asked Questions About Religion In Thailand

What Are The Top 3 Religions In Thailand?

In December 2021, the Department of Religious Affairs reported that the population is 92.5 percent Buddhist, 5.4 percent Muslim, and 1.2 percent Christian.

What Do Buddhists Believe In?

Buddhists believe that human life is a cycle of suffering and rebirth, but that if one achieves a state of enlightenment (nirvana), it is possible to escape this cycle forever.

How Is Thai Buddhism Different?

 Thai Buddhism is distinguished for its emphasis on short-term ordination for every Thai man and its close interconnection with the Thai state and Thai culture.

Wrapping Up: Learn The Thai Language With Ling!

As we reach this part of the post, we hope that you were able to learn about the major religions of Thailand. If you enjoyed this post and figured that you would like to learn more about Thailand’s culture and language, be sure to check out more from our Thai blog!

Updated by: Gwyn

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