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Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, primary religion, Southeast Asian nations, dominant religion

At least 85 percent of Cambodia’s inhabitants adhere to Theravada Buddhism, which is the dominant religion in most Southeast Asian nations. Buddhism originated in India in the 6th century bc and arrived in Cambodia during the first centuries ad. At first Mahayana Buddhism predominated, but after the 14th century Theravada gradually replaced the older school as the primary religion. Nevertheless, a minority of modern Cambodians still practices Mahayana Buddhism. Other religions practiced in Cambodia include Roman Catholicism and Islam.



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Mahayana Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, primary religion, Southeast Asian nations, dominant religion, Roman Catholicism, older school, Islam, religions, century bc, centuries, India

 
 

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