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Cambodia Religion

Cambodia has long history of more than two thousands years experiencing many significant changes in terms of politics and society. Due to these changes, Cambodia is multi-religion country. There are at least six religions existing in the population living along Mekong River which are: Theravada Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and Cao Dai.

Buddhism has been the dominant religion in Cambodia for centuries. Having existed since the 5th century; nowadays, Buddhism is the official religion of Khmer people accounting for approximately 95% of the total population.

Islam is the religion of Cham people and a small group of Malay in Cambodia. Cham people densely populate along the Mekong River in Kampong Cham and follow Sunni Islam. There are about 300,000 Islam followers in Cambodia.

Christianity is the latest religion in Cambodia. Being introduced in the country in the 19th century during the French colonization, Christianity though has little influence in Cambodian’s life with only 20,000 followers taking up 0,15% the total population.

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