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Although Myanmar is predominantly a Buddhist country, following the school of Theravada Buddhism, there are also Christians, Muslims, Hindus and some animists. Myanmar respects the freedom of belief and the people practice religious tolerance, evidenced by the existence of religious edifices of different faiths in large cities.

Freedom of worship for followers of different religions has exited in Myanmar since ancient times. Buddhism is practiced by about 89.3 percent of the population, Christianity by 5.6 percent, Islam by 3.8 percent, Hinduism by 0.5 percent and Animism by 0.2 percent. Buddhism, which teaches that people can find happiness only by freeing themselves of worldly desires, strongly influences family and community life in Myanmar.