Asian Review


Piyanart Bunnag

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Religious contacts between Sri Lanka and Thailand began during the pre-colonial period in the late thirteenth century up until the colonial period in the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries as each country conducted its relationship with the other on a reciprocal basis . Sri Lanka, as the first giver of Theravada Buddhism to Thailand, had a cultural influence on Thailand in terms of Buddhism. However, Thailand was able to harmoniously integrate Sri Lanka's influences with traditional Thai culture. Later on, Thailand had a chance "to repay her debt" to Sri Lanka by reviving the declining Buddhism in Sri Lanka during the 18th century and the colonial period.



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