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Hmong Cosmology: Proposed Model, Preliminary Insights

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Author(s): Vincent K. Her

Journal: Hmong Studies Journal
ISSN 1091-1774

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Hmong American Studies | Asian Religion | Asian American Studies

ABSTRACT
Is there an underlying structure to Hmong cosmology? What are its components? And how might these interrelate? In this paper, I will show that the Hmong cosmos consists of three separate realms and that these are connected together by the cycle of the human soul. Using zaaj qhuabke, I will trace the journey of the deceased and look at how ritual movement is expressive of human agency, narrative experience and community history. My insights are based on primary fieldwork research carried out for a doctoral dissertation on Hmong funeral rites in the Midwest.

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