Called wat, Buddhist temples in Thailand usually feature steep, multi-tiered and richly ornamented roofs, with carved serpents, fierce-looking guardian statues, murals and a lot of gold.
What does Wat mean in Thai?
The word wat is a thai word that was borrowed from Sanskrit vāṭa (Devanāgarī: वाट), meaning ‘enclosure‘. The term has varying meanings in each region, sometimes referring to a specific type of government-recognised or large temple, other times referring to any Buddhist or Brahminical temple.
Do Buddhist drink alcohol?
Drinking this kind of beverage whether one knows it as alcohol or not can be considered as transgression of vows. Despite the great variety of Buddhist traditions in different countries, Buddhism has generally not allowed alcohol intake since earliest times.
Does Buddhism believe in a god?
Buddhists do not believe in any kind of deity or god, although there are supernatural figures who can help or hinder people on the path towards enlightenment. Siddhartha Gautama was an Indian prince in the fifth century B.C.E.
What god do the Buddhist worship?
Most Buddhists do not believe in God. Although they respect and look up to the Buddha , they do not believe he was a god but they worship him as a form of respect. By doing this they show reverence and devotion to the Buddha and to bodhisattas .