Religion in Southeast Asia: Diversity and the threat of extremes

Commentaries and Op-eds September, 2014, The Lowy Interpreter

Until recently, parents in Thailand would leave their children in Buddhist temples while they worked the fields and factories. Buddhist monks would act as caretakers and teachers. Religious education was strong, as were the donations flooding into Buddhist temples. But with the rise of state-run primary school education, religious education has slipped dramatically (so too the temples’ cash flow).

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