Black Hmong woman Song…
Explore: : 227 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Giang Thi song, (80’s) Tavan Village.
While her daughter Chai, a medicine woman, was performing a sacred ritual during the New Year ceremony, Song was just out side the door watching the stream of family and friends coming in and out... The Hmong celebrate the New Year (Lunar, same date as the Chinese) for nine whole days. The first day is very quite, and is the one day that women are exempt from doing any work, kind of Hmong Mother Day. The most important day is the 3rd day in which special long ceremonies are held to communicate with the ancestors. This is when this photo was taken.
Most of the Hmong practice Shamanism, where the Shaman, who is a woman in many cases, and Medicine, man or woman, communicate with the spirits of those gone. They believe those spirit, some good some bad, come back and mingle with the living. They see and feel them…
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