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Buddhism has existed in Cambodia since at least the 5th century CE. Islam is the religion of a majority of the Cham also called Khmer Islam and Malay minorities in Cambodia. According to Po Dharmathere weretoMuslims in Cambodia as late as Persecution under the Khmer Rouge eroded their numbers, however, and by the late s they probably had not regained their former strength.
All of the Cham Muslims are Sunnis of the Shafi'i school. Po Dharma divides the Muslim Cham in Cambodia into a traditionalist branch and an orthodox branch.
Christianity was introduced into Cambodia by Roman Catholic missionaries in However, it made little headway at first, particularly among Buddhists.
In there were probably about 20, Christians in Cambodia, most of whom were Roman Catholics. According to Vatican statistics, inmembers of the Roman Catholic Church in Cambodia numbered , making it, at that time, the second largest religion in the country.
In Apriljust before repatriation, estimates indicate that about 50, Catholics were Vietnamese.
Many of the Catholics remaining in Cambodia in were Europeans—chiefly French. American Protestant missionary activity increased in Cambodia, especially among some of the hill tribes and among the Cham, after the establishment of the Khmer Republic.
The census, which reported 2, Protestants in Cambodia, remains the most recent statistic for the group. Observers reported that in there were more registered Khmer Christians among the refugees in camps in Thailand than in all of Cambodia before Kiernan notes that, until Junefive weekly Protestant services were held in Phnom Penh by a Khmer pastor, but that they had been reduced to a single weekly service after police harassment.
There are no dioceses, but there are three territorial jurisdictions - one Apostolic Vicariate and two Apostolic Prefectures. Highland tribal groups, most with their own local religious systems, probably number fewer thanpersons.
The Khmer Loeu have been loosely described as animistsbut most tribal groups have their own pantheon of local spirits. In general they see their world filled with various invisible spirits often called yangsome benevolent, others malevolent.
They associate spirits with rice, soil, water, fire, stones, paths, and so forth. Sorcerers or specialists in each village contact these spirits and prescribe ways to appease them. In times of crisis or change, animal sacrifices may be made to placate the anger of the spirits.
Illness is often believed to be caused by evil spirits or sorcerers. Some tribes have special medicine men or shamans who treat the sick. In addition to belief in spirits, villagers believe in taboos on many objects or practices. Among the Khmer Loeu, the Rhade and Jarai groups have a well-developed hierarchy of spirits with a supreme ruler at its head.Use this Guess the Emoji cheat sheet for all the answers to your quizzes.
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