Worshiping demons

The Hmong religion is Shamanism.  Shamanism is the practice of using a shaman to communicate between the human and spirit world.  It is a sub-religion of Animism.  Animism is the belief that all living things (earth, sky, plants, animals, humans, etc) have souls.  A shaman is someone who has the gift to communicate with the…

Hmong New Year (Noj Peb Caug)

As one of my previous blogs stated, it is Hmong New Year.  And I want to clear up some misconceptions of Hmong New Year. My blog "Hmong Mating Season" was a joke. The tradition of Hmong New Year has changed its form over the past decades in America that it has become a "season." That…

Ghostly Encounter

Growing up in the Hmong culture, you are surrounded by legends and stories of the supernatural.  They say that you have more than one soul or spirit.  When you die, the first soul stays with you in the grave, the second wanders the earth forever, and the last makes the long journey to the underworld.…