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Buddhist temples vie to recruit Mongolians

The fall of communism ended religious repression and many temples now compete to attract followers.

    Until the advent of communist rule, Mongolia was heavily influenced by Buddhism, with one in every three men serving as monks.

    Official atheism encouraged the destruction of monasteries and violent purges of religious orders.

    The end of communism brought an end to that repression and many Buddhist temples actively compete to attract followers.

    Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports from Ulan Bator.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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