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Laos Religion

Although there are many religions in Laos, the color of Buddhism is the most dominant and profound. Besides, Animism is not less important religion in Laos as it is followed by most of ethnic minorities. Each religion has different beliefs, teachings and rituals but both play a vital role in Laotians' spiritual life.

Buddhism was introduced in Laos quite late (in the 8th century). However, it was not until the 14th century did Buddhism develop and widespread in the country. The history of Laos recognized many kings to be important patrons of Buddhism.

Animism is popular religion among ethnic groups living in highland in Laos. The platform of Animism is the belief in phi (spirit). In animist's belief, the power of spirit is the answer for everything happened to their lives: illness, disease, death, so on.

In Laos, the number of Christians only takes up a little amount of the total population (approximately 45,000 people). The community of Christians mainly populate in urban areas and surrounding areas along the Mekong River in the central and the southern of Laos.

Like Christianity, Muslim is a small minority in Laos and practiced by Cham community. This community only takes up 0.01% of the total population.

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