Buddhism is practiced by almost 90 percent of Myanmar's population, with the
Theravada (Hinayana) school being the most prevalent. It has a firm hold
in Myanmar's culture along with an observance of animism, or the worship of
ancestors (nat). In this culture, there are many festivals and
celebrations held that correlate with nat. Nat also has
influence on the practice of traditional medicine.
are other religions in Myanmar, but they are not as widespread as Buddhism and
animism. Some of the beliefs found include Christianity (Baptists) in the
hill areas and Muslims.