By Ya Po Cha
Providing a holistic point of view of the Hmong lifestyle, this ebook touches on each point of the Hmong tradition, together with an outline in their historical past and traditions, relationships among Hmong mom and dad and their young children, 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 booklet positive aspects and explains many Hmong phrases, words and proverbs.
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There is an interdependency between father and son that makes life unsettling if one or the other is missing. It is this connection that makes Hmong people treat fatherless children and childrenless parents differently from everybody else. This practice is referenced in the proverb, “Respect the father, give the son meat and respect the son, give the father wine” (saib txiv pub tub nqaij, saib tub pub txiv cawv). When a man is young, people respect him because of his father and when he is old people respect him because of his son.
The reason he wanted to end his life was because he wanted to get married. It was all a misunderstanding. The issue was easily settled by allowing him to get married even though he was only 18 and a high school dropout. Hmong people used to call this kind of dilemma “chopping down the bed posts” (ntov ncej txag). Then again, miscommunication can be attributed to the lack of cultural capital in Hmong children. Teenage girls have traditionally not received much affection and open communication from their fathers.
As any elder would say, “Old old become a little child” (laus laus ua mi nyuam yaus). It means when a person becomes old, he or she becomes like a child who needs attention, care and nurturing. The obligation parents and children have for each other is the bond which is the basis of Hmong family values. It is arguable that a daughter can just as well take care of her parents. Physically, it is possible that a daughter can care for and shelter her parents to the end. However, when she is married to her husband, she is incorporated spiritually into her husband’s family.
An Introduction to Hmong Culture by Ya Po Cha