Thailand is a large country in Southeast Asia where approximately 94% of the population call themselves Buddhist. Animism and Brahmanism
were the main religions until Theravāda
Buddhism became the official religion during the reign of King Rama Khamheng (1275-1317). This happened in the 13th
century, due in part to missionary monks from Sri Lanka
. As it is actually practised by the majority of the people, Thai Buddhism is more like animism and Brahmanical magic and divination
than the teachings of the Buddha. Efforts by reformers like Ajahn Buddhadāsa
to return to more authentic Buddhism have met with little success beyond the educated class. Thailand’s king
is one of only two Buddhist monarchs left in the world.