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Andrew Alan Johnson

Andrew Alan Johnson is an author at Religion News Service.

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Why the rescued Thai soccer boys are considering becoming monks

By Andrew Alan Johnson — July 17, 2018
(The Conversation) — In Theravada Buddhist practice, ordination as a monk and donating the merit thus gained is one of the greatest honors that a person can give to another.

Inside the sacred danger of Thailand’s caves

By Andrew Alan Johnson — July 11, 2018
(The Conversation) In Thailand, caves like the one the soccer team was trapped in are said to be ruled by nature spirits who offer their followers something that Buddhism cannot: assistance with love, money, and other things monks do not provide. At the same time, the spirits pose a danger if slighted.
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