Hmong culture in relation to religious motifs
- Nyob zoo!
Hey everyone, this is my first post in the forum. I have appreciated
your candid and enlightening conversation thus far.
I worked on a paper in college on the above topic and found a
suprisingly large amount of Hmong symbols, rituals and motifs that
relate to ancient ones. I have wanted to devlop my thoughts a bit
more and then prepare it for publication.
What I ask of the forum is this: Who is the foremost authority these
days on Hmong culture? I would like to talk to a few more shamans
who really know their stuff. Also, I am looking to talk with a
few "pog"s (grandma's) who are skilled with the needle and thread
and could elaborate on the history of certain needlework symbols
(i.e. the ram's head, the elephant's footprint, but also others that
include strong emphasis on the "four corners" and the sacred center.
Alot of Hmong pajntaub follows this ancient pattern.)I also would
like to talk to someone about the pole that was erected around New
Year's. It seems like it was Txheej something... I can't remember
the Hmong. One of those couplets. I want to see what significance it
has in Hmong culture because it has large significance in
Those are a few of the topics. Some of my findings were really
fascinating to see such similarities with ancient temples. It all
goes back to gaining our bearings on earth and establishing a
connection between the heavens and the earth. The shaman was often
the mediator in that process.
If you guys know of anyone who could help, I would greatly
Corey (Koob Hawj)