Explore #5 Monday, May 25 2009
Hmong, Sapa -- We are planting the Rice now.
Hmong people are highly intelligent, resourceful and survivors in high altitudes and with little resources. They live off the land and at the same time in harmony with the land. They are animistic and believe everything has a soul, a stone, a rice paddy, a mountain. People have several souls.
The planning season is almost over now. In the next few month, until harvest in September – October, they will tend the fields; watching water levels, weeding, fertilizing, guarding against animals and birds eating or spoiling the crop. Let us all pray for them to have a bountiful harvest. They really need it… to survive.
The Black Hmong are the 3rd largest minority in Vietnam with nearly 900,000 people. In the Sapa region there are about 35,000 Black Hmong residing in the surrounding 17 villages and they account for about 50% of the area population. The Hmong started migrating to Vietnam from China in the last 300 years. They live of the land and believe in the spirits.
Next time you buy a bag of rice… think about how millions of people in the world work for it…
"Human beings weren’t made solely to go in search of wisdom, but
also to plough the land, wait for rain, plant the rice, harvest the
grain, make the bread.”
Cumo, Cumo conja…
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