Laos – Vientiane, Wat Si Muang
Chastity constitutes the basis of life in the monk hood. Their behaviour towards women is regulated by strict rules. A woman must be careful not to let herself or any part of her clothing touch a monk or his robes. It is forbidden for a monk to touch a female, a female animal or an object touched by a female. To Buddhists sexual life is a curse. One of the most important reasons for not being able to achieve Nirvana is bringing a child into the world. The tradition of high fertility among Buddhists appears to be supported mainly by customs rather than religious doctrine. Because of Karma, Hinduism and Buddhism has tended to restrain direct interference with fertility.