I found this wonderful and interesting piece today about how Hindusim and Buddhism sort of blended in Thailand with the local culture to create a unique Thai Culture! Please do read it. http://brahmin.siamfoundation.org/thai/
“The main point where Brahminism and Buddhism fail to converge is that of the Brahmin viewpoint being that of “Atta”; a permanent immutable transmigratory soul, whereas the Buddhist viewpoint is that of “Anatta” – the absence of an immutable self. It is interesting to note however, that all Royal and National Cermonies performed in the Royal Palace are always performed by the Brahmin priests, of which there are unfortunately only seven left in Thailand.”
“In recent years, the worship of “Prapikanes” (พระพิฆเนศ – Ganesha) has enjoyed a massive increase, with many Thai Buddhists wearing Ganesha amulets bearing Indian Sanskrit Katas on them for success in all ventures and removal of all obstacles. Also artists and members of the performing arts rever Prapikanes too. There is a highly revered National image of Ganesha along with the Trimurti shrine outside the Central World Center (ex world trade).”
Some of the brahmins there migrated from South India and are strict vegetarians.
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