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its many cultures, Vietnam has a variety of religions. Originally,
Vietnam's three main religions were Taoism, Mahayana Buddhism and Confucianism,
Buddhism being introduced first. Although Buddhism and Taoism were popular
with the people, Confucianism became the recognized religion.
modern Vietnam, Mahayana Buddhism has the largest following, although many are
considered to be marginal followers. There has been an increase in the
number of monks and nuns that join the monasteries, especially since 1989, when
religious restrictions were lifted.
There was a time when the monks
protested against the dominance of Catholicism in Vietnam and they even burned
themselves. When Christianity was brought into Vietnam, and after it's
incredible success, Buddhism was restructured. Now Christianity
(Catholicism) has it's second largest following for Southeast Asia in Vietnam,
second probably to only the Philippines. There was a time of religious
persecution, due to the overwhelming success and conversion rate of
Christianity. Missionaries were forbidden
though Vietnam is a Communist country, the constitution allows for religious
freedom, although those religions that are believed to be a threat to national security are
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