Laos is a multi-ethnical and a multi-spiritual country. Laotians, of Lao origin (the Lao Laoum), who make up 68% of the population, are mainly Buddhists, even if this Buddhism is strongly tinted with animism, from the cult of the spirits. The most well known of the ethnical minorities being the Laotians of Hmong, Yao et Khamou origins who are mainly animists. The country also has an important number of Christians, who were converted during the time of the missionaries (19th and 20th centuries) and now evangelists who are numerous in the region).