People in Thailand are growing increasingly religious, and they’re increasingly doing it in the name of the country’s Yazidi religious sect.
The new religion, which emerged after the death of founder Faleh Yousuf in 2005, has become a symbol of national unity, with some saying they have no idea why people in Thailand would want to follow it.
“People here are very proud of their religion, and people in the United States, especially those who have lived here for a long time, don’t really want to get rid of their religions,” said Naeem Bhatti, who runs the Islamic Center in the Thai capital, Bangkok.
Thailand is home to the world’s largest Yazidi population, and many of its citizens believe their religion was a divinely guided act that has guided their lives since their arrival from Iran more than two millennia ago.
They’re often called “Hindu Buddhists,” and it’s their belief that when you die, you are reborn as an immortal being that lives forever.
But the Yazidis are not alone in wanting to get into a religion.
More than half of the 2.2 million Yazidis in the world are thought to have converted to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism.
They also follow an ancient Indian practice called puranas, which means they believe that they will be reborn as gods in the next life.
“People from different parts of the world want to become Hindus, but there are a lot of people who want to be Zoroastrians, or Buddhists, or Yazidis, or other religions that have no connection to Hinduism,” said Anant Chakraborty, a professor at Georgetown University who specializes in religion in Asia.
So far, only a small minority of people in western Asia have followed the Yazidi religion.
Most people in southern Asia follow Buddhism, and a large number of the Muslims in Southeast Asia are Muslim and adhere to a variant of Islam called Sunni Islam.
Some Yazidis believe that their religion is a way to help others, and others see the religion as a way of showing respect for their ancestors.
In the United Kingdom, the Yazidis were banned from wearing turbans and other religious garments after a mass brawl in the city of Cologne in 2016, in which a woman was brutally raped by a mob.
There’s been a recent resurgence in interest in the Yazids.
The number of Yazidis living in the UK has jumped from roughly 300,000 to more than 6.5 million since 2015, according to the Yazdian Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of the religious minority.
Even though they’ve been in the shadows for decades, Yazidi women have been gaining ground in the past few years.
The group was recognized as a full-fledged religious community in December of 2016.
People are also starting to understand the religion.
Last year, the University of Texas at Austin hosted a religious diversity conference, and last year, it also announced plans to open a Yazidi campus in the U.S.