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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.
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.