The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down Essay

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After reading chapter one from our reading, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, one of the Hmong customs that stood out to me the most was the sacrifice of an animal to cure infertility. I thought this was interesting because of the believe that you have to kill a living thing in order to give life to something else. Another one of the customs that stood out to me was the burial of the placenta, it stood out to me because there was a difference on the treatment of a boy’s placenta and a girl’s placenta. They believed that the placenta belonging to a male had greater honor, therefore was buried under a home in which the male spirit would look after it and create a strong home. A third custom that stood out to me was the hu plig ceremony performed in Foua and Nao Kao’s apartment. There were animal sacrifices and chickens’ skulls were checked to assure them that Lia’s soul was happy and the name was acceptable. If the chickens’ skulls were not translucent, then the parents were to choose a different in order to please the soul. The last custom that stood out to me was their belief in eating cold foods after the labor process, this stood out to me because in my culture there is also a belief that women in the postpartum period should avoid eating cold foods. We believe that if we eat cold foods, the womb will not heal as quickly and would not go back to their “normal” state. The Hmong customs are very different compared to customs in the U.S. In the U.S. most women…

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