Indigenous beliefs

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Indigenous beliefs

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Indigenous beliefs

Nowadays, indigenous beliefs based on animism remain popular in Southeast Asia. People perform a number of ceremonies each day in order to revere natural spirits, animals and plants.

Shamanism and spirit possession are based on the belief that interacting with the supernatural world can help to heal diseases. In spirit possession ceremonies, spirits enter the medium in order to communicate with the community, whereas a shaman "voyages" into another world to communicate with spirits and retells the voyage after returning.

Southeast Asian indigenous religions have absorbed features of other religions such as Buddhism in Thailand or Islam in Malaysia.


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