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Hmong Association Fun Facts

Fun Facts

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  • There are about eighteen Hmong clans, each of which traces its lineage to a single male ancestor.
  • Members of the same clan consider each other to be kwv tij, translated as "brothers" or "siblings," and they are expected to offer one another mutual support.
  • Contemporary Hmong people cannot be characterized as subscribing to single belief system. Missionaries to Southeast Asia converted many Hmong people to Christianity beginning in the 19th-century and many more have become Christian since emmigrating from Southeast Asia to the West.
  • Many Hmong people, both in Asia and the West, perpetuate traditional spiritual practices that include animism and ancestor worship. According to these beliefs, spirits inhabit animals and other natural objects, but also domestic features, such as doorways. The spirits of deceased ancestors are also thought to influence welfare and health of the living. Individuals perform rituals and supply offerings, including food, and spirit money, to appease the spirits and earn their favor.
  • The Hmong New Year celebration is a cultural tradition that takes place annually in select areas where large Hmong communities exist, and in a modified form where smaller communities coaggulate. During the New Year celebrations, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods, dances, music, bull fights, and other forms of entertainment. Hmong New Year celebrations preserve Hmong ethnic traditions and culture, and may also serve to educate those who have interest in Hmong tradition. Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December (traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done), serving as a thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people.