Calling in the Soul: Gender and the Cycle of Life in a Hmong by Patricia V. Symonds

By Patricia V. Symonds

�Calling within the Soul� (Hu Plig) is the mantra the Hmong use to steer the soul of a child child into its physique at the 3rd day after beginning. in keeping with large unique examine carried out within the overdue Nineteen Eighties in a village in northern Thailand, this ethnographic research examines Hmong cosmological ideals concerning the cycle of existence as expressed in practices surrounding start, marriage, and dying and considers the gender relationships obtrusive in those practices. The Hmong (or Miao, as they're known as in China, and Meo, in Thailand) have lived at the fringes of robust Southeast Asian states for hundreds of years. Their social framework is incredibly patrilineal, granting little direct strength to ladies. but in the limits of that constitution, Hmong girls wield enormous impression within the spiritually serious geographical regions of beginning and dying. Calling within the Soul might be of curiosity to sociocultural anthropologists, clinical anthropologists, Southeast Asianists, and gender specialists.

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