Vietnam - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Vietnam

POPULATION 81,098,416
BUDDHIST 84 percent
CHRISTIAN 10 percent
CAO DAI 3 percent
HOA HAO 2 percent
OTHER 1 percent

Vietnam

Country Overview

Religion has long been highly politicized in Vietnam. The 1992 constitution guarantees every citizen of Vietnam "freedom of belief and of religion; he can follow any religion or follow none." It does not, however, guarantee freedom of religion in the fullest sense. It also cautions that no one can "misuse belief and religions to contravene the law and State policies." The observance of Buddhist ritual and practice was drastically reduced after 1975, when the country was unified under a Communist government. The government banned the popular Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) in 1981, placed its patriarch, Thich Huyen Quang, under house arrest, and tried to replace the UBCV with the state-sponsored and submissive Vietnamese Buddhist Church (VBC). While avoiding overt hostility toward Buddhism or other organized religions, the Communists sought to separate real...

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