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Temple School at Wat Siphoutthabat - Lao Buddhism is a unique version of Theravada Buddhism and is at the basis of tLaotian culture. Buddhism in Laos is often closely tied to animistic beliefs as well as ancestral spirits, particularly in rural areas. Nearlly all Lao young men become novice monks for a short period in their lives as a part of their upbringing and coming-of-age. Many temples in Laos serve as schools, such as this one.
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Temple School at Wat Siphoutthabat -  Lao Buddhism is a unique version of Theravada Buddhism and is at the basis of tLaotian culture. Buddhism in Laos is often closely tied to animistic beliefs as well as ancestral spirits, particularly in rural areas.  Nearlly all Lao young men become novice monks for a short period in their lives as a part of their upbringing and coming-of-age. Many temples in Laos serve as schools, such as this one.