Participation in religious activities and donations of Thai Buddhists: Empirical evidence from Thai Buddhists.

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Kittisak Srijamdee
Piriya Pholphirul


Religious activities and donations related to religious and non-religious activities? This study aims to provide insights into the religious behaviors of Thai Buddhists, specifically their participation in religious activities and donations related to religious and non-religious causes. The study focused on data collected from a survey of 48,613 individuals conducted by the National Statistical Office in 2018 and used Thailand as a case study. Results showed that individuals who view religion as essential to their daily lives, those who use religious principles to guide their decision-making, and those who follow religious teachings tend to engage in more religious activities such as praying, giving alms to monks, listening to sermons or watching dhamma programs, reading dhamma books, observing the five precepts, and practicing meditation. Additionally, these individuals also tend to donate more to religious and non-religious causes, compared to those who do not consider religion necessary in their lives or do not follow religious principles. The statistical significance of these findings suggests that religious beliefs and practices significantly impact individual behavior in Thailand.

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