By Ya Po Cha
Featuring a holistic viewpoint of the Hmong lifestyle, this booklet touches on each point of the Hmong tradition, together with an summary in their heritage and traditions, relationships among Hmong mom and dad and their little ones, the rites and traditions of Hmong marriage ceremony and funeral ceremonies, the party of the Hmong New yr, domestic regulations and different superstitious taboos, arts and politics. The e-book positive aspects and explains many Hmong phrases, words and proverbs.
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A daughter’s burden can only be lightened by a sister-in-law brought in by a son. It is said that the daughter is the guest and the daughter-in-law is the caretaker (nkauj nyab nkauj tab, nkauj muam nkauj qhua). A daughter provides parents with affection. She is the one who reminds the parents that they are loved. When the son goes astray, she keeps him in line. A daughter bears the right to be critical of how the son takes care of the parents. Hmong parents who do not have a daughter will always be sad and feel unloved.
How to thank them may vary regionally and may depend upon how knowledgeable the guest is in Hmong traditions. ) In return, the host will simultaneously respond that it is nothing at all and if he was well off, he would have done more and for the guest not to be sad (Txhob ua tsaug os, koj tuaj deb deb tuaj xyuas peb ib zaug los txom txom nyem es twb pam tsis tau ib pluag zaub pluag mov raws li lub siab xav rau koj noj es txhob tu siab). The elders would probably have an extensive saying to make the appreciation seem more genuine.
Another good example is the resting day during the full moon of each month, which resembles the weekend in the Western calendar. Other traditional practices include chanting, singing, playing the reed pipe or kheng (qeej) and many more. Hmong New Year Hmong New Year has been around for as long as Hmong have been around. Hmong call New Year chia pe chao (tsiab peb caug). To celebrate New Year is “to eat” chia pe chao. Eat refers to the wining and dining that take place during the celebration. Chia is a word that does not have a literal meaning, but it is well understood to mean New Year.
An Introduction to Hmong Culture by Ya Po Cha