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Laos Culture

The outcome was Lao distrust of the French and the very first overtly national cultural movement in Laos, which was in the odd position of possessing restricted French support. Charles Rochet the French Director of Public Education in Vientiane, and Lao intellectuals led by Nyuy Aphai and Katay Don Sasorith started the Movement for National Renovation. In the 13th century, Cambodians converted en masse to Theravada Buddhism, the variant practiced by the Khmer nowadays. State-sponsored Hinduism, and the temples inspired by that religion, lost their value, but for quite a few years the kingdom remained powerful and prosperous, as the...