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This July 21, 2012 photo shows a Christian church in a hill tribe village in Thailand’s Mae Kok Valley. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, but many members of the northern hill tribes are converts to Christianity who nonetheless retain some of their traditional animist and ancestor worship rituals alongside their Protestant faith. (Associated Press)

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