I give you my heart…
Explore #85 on Thursday, July 30, 2009
A hard working, honest Hmong farmer offers me a Pomegranate heart.
When we are not out in the paddies and villages, we spend the day in Sapa town. At noon we will always go to have lunch at the local market. After we would strol through the market and buy some of the season’s fruits and go sit in the park and hear all the latest news of the region.
Wonderful people... honest, fun loving, hard working, enjoy life and beauty… existentialists...
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. Most reside at an altitude of 1,600 – 1,700 meters above sea level in this stunningly beautiful region they call “the city above the clouds”. The Hmong started migrating to Vietnam from China in the last 300 years.
In this region about half the Hmong are Catholic and half animistic. They live of the land growing rice and corn and they all believe in the spirits.
See more Hmong life here