More than Buddhists in Krabi – Islam in Thailand

Reblogged from my other blog The Heartlander Tourist.
Originally posted: 11 March 2017
Original content on this blog returns: 2 June 2017

The Heartlander Tourist

When a country is so identified with one particular identity, it is sometimes difficult to unwrap that mental image and realise that minorities exist.  For example, Singapore being a Chinese-majority country and in the case of this post Thailand being a Buddhist-majority with a strong Hindu accent.

Perhaps our mental image of Thailand is that of modern Bangkok, with the skyscrapers situated next to the Buddhist temples and Buddhist monks walking the streets.

Wat Phra KaewWat Phra Kaew in Bangkok (Source)

Or maybe its the inculturated form of Lord Bhrama (Phra Phrom) at the Erawan Shrine.

Erawan ShrineErawan Shrine in Bangkok (Source)

But definitely not Thai Mosques such as the Ao Nang Mosque in Krabi.

Ao Nang Mosque 1While 93. 6% of Thailand is Buddhist, almost 6 % of the population is muslim, which amounts to around 4 million people. The majority of muslims reside in the Southern part of Thailand…

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