Religion

Singapore Religon

Thanks to singaporeexpats.com/ Religion in Singapore Most Singaporeans celebrate the major festivals associated with their respective religions. The variety of religions is a direct reflection of the diversity of races living there. The Chinese are predominantly followers of Buddhism, Taoism, Shenism, Christians, Catholics and some considered as ‘free-thinkers’ (Those who do not belong to any religion). […]

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Muslims of Tibet

Muslims of Tibet By Masood Butt Tibetan Bulletin January – February 1994 Tibet had pockets of Muslims entrenched within its borders although there is no documentary evidence on how Muslims first came to settle there. In fact, information on Tibetan Muslims in general itself is scarce. But the existence of Tibet appears to be known […]

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Return to Religion

At the Great Ganden Monastery outside Ulan Bator, the people of Mongolia are searching for their past. At the beginning of the 20th Century, more than half the male population of this landlocked country lived as monks in places like Ganden. But then came communism. During the Soviet takeover in the 1920s, local communist leaders […]

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Korean Buddhism

Charles Muller First Published: July, 1996; Updated: August 14, 2003 1. Introduction 2. Three Kingdoms (三國) Buddhism 3. Unified Silla Period (統一新羅; 668-918) 4. Goryeo Period (高麗; 918-1392) 5. Joseon Period (朝鮮; 1392-1909) 1. Introduction Since Korean Buddhism has come to the attention of Western scholarship rather late compared with Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, it […]

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Phongyi – Pyan (Cremation of a Monk)

The incumbent of a Kyaung (monastery) dies the body is embalmed, so as to allow the devotion of several months to the preparations for the funeral. The corpse is swathed like a mummy and laid in a solid dug-out coffin of hard wood. (much less pomp is displayed at the funeral of a sojourner). Then […]

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Myanmar Religion

In Union of Myanmar majority of the population are Buddhist, Theravada Buddhism is professed widely. Religious intolerance or discrimination on grounds of religion is non-existence in the Union of Myanmar throughout it’s long history. The main religions of present day Myanmar are Buddhism (89.20%), Christianity (5.05%), Muslims (3.78%), Hindus (0.55%), and Animism (1.27%) and other […]

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Bhutan Religion & Food Culture

Religion & Culture The State religion is Drukpa Kagyupa a branch of Mahayana Buddhism. It has been institutionalised in the Dratshang (Central Monk body), headed by the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) who is chosen from among the most learned lamas and enjoys an equal rank with the King. Bhutan is the only country in the […]

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Bangladesh Religion

Islam, the state religion, is the faith of 88 percent of the population, almost all of whom adhere to the Sunni branch. Hindus make up most of the remainder, and the country has small communities of Buddhists, Christians, and animists. Bangladesh is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. Most Bangladeshi Muslims are […]

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Vietnamese Religions

Religion has exerted a deep influence on Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese concept of life. The attitude towards life, death, and the world beyond bears a deep imprint of Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Buddhism The predominant religion in Vietnam is Buddhism, which is also on of the world’s great religions. Buddhism was introduced into Vietnam […]

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Ramadan Food Recipes

This November, the twilight sky will transform into a spiritual and temporal atlas for Muslims around the world. When the first sliver of the new moon cuts through the inky sky, the Islamic calendar’s holy 9th month, called Ramadan, will begin. Forecast for the 15th of October this year, the new moon heralds a month […]

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Vietnamese Funeral Rites

Saigon (MF) The Vietnamese attach great importance to two traditional family obligations to care for their parents in their old age and to mourn them in death. These duties are felt so strongly, they are considered sacred. The traditional time of mourning for parents is three years. Mourning begins even before death is imminent. When […]

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Theravada Buddhism

Theravada – Teaching of the Elders Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikaya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. These developed in India during the century subsequent to the death of the Buddha. The name of the school means “Teachings of the Elders” which implies that this […]

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Buddha Relics Journey

Relics of the Buddha reach journey’s end, five-year world tour finishes on a high note in Nakhon Pathom. The arrival of the relics of the Buddha in Venezuela attracts a legion of worshippers of all races and religions. Thailand was the last country the relics of the Buddha visited. Thai and foreign Buddhists recently joined […]

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Giving the Buddhist Way

Artist: Saw Chucil The rewards of giving Nature gives without expectation of return _ and we should too, says noted monk Phra Santikaro “I helped her with her work when she asked. Now that I need help, she brushes me off …” “I’ve given my children everything they wanted, but they are still disobedient …” […]

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