From sacrificing a cow at a funeral to shamanic healing, most traditional Hmong culture has a basis in the religious. Traditional qeej playing, weddings, funerals, they all are a part of the Hmong religion.
At May Houa’s house, they showed us a special wall called the Buddha wall. They told us that you pray to the sprits when you want something, and if you get it, you must burn “spirit money.”
A shaman is like a doctor. People go to the shaman when they feel bad. The shaman can bring back your spirit or chase away bad ones. While the shaman’s spirit is in the spirit world, the helper beats drums and plays instruments loudly and the shaman chants.
About half of the Hmong are Christian and half have traditional beliefs. Christian Hmong still do Hmong things, though. Vue Yang is Christian, but he plays qeej at his church.
My mom has an altar in our new house. It protects my brothers who sleep in the new house.
At New Year’s everyone needs bright new clothes. If you go to New Year’s in dull, old clothes, people know that your mother is lazy and she doesn’t sew for the new year.