Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hmong Ceremony part 1 -Arrival and Introduction

A week or so ago I was fortunate to be able to attend a Hmong Ceremony where a friend was having her spirits cleansed. The night would involve watching a shaman do his thing, slaughtering a pig, hanging out with a Hmong family and cooking said pig. It was an amazing cultural experience and I left feeling so blessed that I live the life that I life. (this feeling lasted even when I got to my bike to find my helmet and tools stolen).

Before heading over to the Hmong village I hung out at my friends house on the Mekong. Beautiful place to live.

Our sacrificial lamb, er, pig.

sunsetting over the mekong and mountains from the village

two nieces of our host, just adorable

the family gathering pre-cleansing. the man in the middle is the uncle and also one of the shamans

my first hog tie, well... with first with a hog.

grandpa and me

The shaman starts the process

burns some papers with things written by the lady to be cleansed

shaman circles the participant while chanting and ringing the gong like instrument


now circle the other way

last chants with gong

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