Xwm Kab, used to protect the family Visiting Qeej Player and Shaman from Laos, Nhia Vu Lor Mayhoua and Nhia Cha in house Interviewing Visiting Qeej Player and Shaman from Laos, Nhia Vu Lor Visiting Qeej Player and Shaman from Laos, Nhia Vu Lor Mayhoua Talks About the Xwm Kab Behind Her Hmong Cultural Tour group poses with Shaman from Laos, Nhia Vu Lor

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Hmong Religious Practices

Nate | Tim | Abigail | Gabby | Sara K. | Mark | Izzy L.

The Hmong do not have a big special person like Jesus or God in their religion. The Hmong also do not go to church or a temple.
–Nate

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.
–Tim

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.”
–Abigail

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.
–Gabby

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.
–Sara K.

My mom has an altar in our new house. It protects my brothers who sleep in the new house.
–Mark

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.
–Izzy L.