Buddhism is a peaceful religion, it reminds me often of African Animism “the belief systems that attribute souls or spirits to animals, plants and other entities, in addition to humans. Animism may also attribute souls to natural phenomena, geographic features, everyday objects, and manufactured articles” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animism
Worship has many forms, and for the average person on the planet, it is easier to give reverence to a Monk, Church, Crucifix, or Altar and many other holy objects than to a voice from the sky, that they may or may not hear.
Most everything in Thailand seems to get a Y from the hand of the Thailand people.
This women was kneeling a long time here, in this situation she was down for about 3-5 minutes.
Every morning, if you rise early in the morning, walk around in Thailand, rain or shine, the Monks will be out collecting their Alms.