By Ya Po Cha
Featuring a holistic standpoint of the Hmong lifestyle, this e-book touches on each point of the Hmong tradition, together with an outline in their heritage and traditions, relationships among Hmong mom and dad and their kids, the rites and traditions of Hmong marriage ceremony and funeral ceremonies, the party of the Hmong New 12 months, domestic regulations and different superstitious taboos, arts and politics. The e-book good points and explains many Hmong phrases, words and proverbs.
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It has become a Hmong custom. Another practice that is not native to Hmong is the handshake. This is a way of greeting that we have adopted from the West. Then there is dancing, singing and so on. It is unknown whether some traditions are Hmong originals or have been adopted. Suka (xwm kab) (see chapter 7 for more detail) is such a tradition. Suka is a religious ritual to honor the guardian spirit of prosperity (as well as the name of a spiritual deity that Hmong people worship). There are many folktales to explain how suka came about.
Throughout her stay you need to keep talking to her and keep her occupied. When she leaves, you insist on her staying longer. If she must go, and she has not indicated the purpose of her visit, you may ask the purpose of her visit as she is about to leave. ” Even when there is a more responsible person in the house with you when there are visitors, you still need to welcome your guests warmly. You should call out to them by the speciﬁc kinship and name. You are not to go anywhere. You can help by bringing the guests water or cooking for them.
However, the bulk of the work lies with the women (young and old). Be it the cooking, washing dishes, setting up the table or cleaning up, it is the women and their daughters who do all the work. I believe that this is a practice all Hmong people need to evaluate; they need to face the fact that men and women need to both help carry their share of the responsibility. Better yet, parents need to model and instill in their children that it is just as acceptable for men to cook and clean as for women to mow the lawn and change the engine oil in the family car if it is a way of sharing the workload.
An Introduction to Hmong Culture by Ya Po Cha