Hmong superstition, beliefs and dreams
This is only, many of the few Hmong superstitions,.. I will add more...
Being hmong and growing up my parents would always always remind us not to point at the moon,.. And if you did, your ears would get cut. Because it is believed that the Moon gets offended and therefor cuts your ears. You can appease it by saying, “Quav qaib, quav npua, quav nyuj, quav twm (Chicken poop, pig poop, cow poop, buffalo poop).” Or simply rubbing some (yours) saliva behind your ears. Once when we were younger, My sister's ears were sliced, after she pointed to the moon...
IF you go on a far away trip or vacation, you must call your spirit to go home with you. This is for everyone, children and adult. And if you have been hospitalized, you must call your spirit home too. You call your spirit by saying your name and if its someone else, say their name. For example you can say, "Susan, we are leaving home and no longer staying at this place." For infants, you must call their spirit home every time, no matter where you go, near or far. It is believed that babies, (infants) have the biggest spirit. And if one were to forget to call their child home, you can easily fix this by, doing a "Hu Plig" or spirit calling ceremony. This usually requires a shaman (a healer practitioner who connects through the spirit world). A spirit calling ceremony can also takes place anytime, you or someone is or becomes frighten, is extremely sad/upset or falling down (tripped on something, falling over, car accident, etc.)
If a bird flies into your home, it is bad luck, or a bad sign. You must call a shaman to fix it. Or if possible, catch it and cook it for dinner.
After a woman goes through labor, miscarriage or abortion, she cannot visit her side of the family, until her 30 day chicken diet is over. She can only visit her husband's immediate family that shares the same ancestors.
Dreams can be good and bad. Dreams in hmong cultures indicate what's going to happen in the future. When you dream about poop, it means earning money or losing money. For example, if you dream about getting poop all over yourself and no matter how much you've tried wiping off, its still on you, it means you are receiving money. But if in that same dream, your poop comes off and you see yourself cleaning the poop, and its draining away, it mean you are losing money. If you have a bad dream, you can actually prevent it from occurring by spitting saliva in the toilet along with your first morning pee and or poop. You have to speak out to your dream "You stupid dream, I'm spitting you out and flushing you away with these urine and poop, go away and do not return!" I do this all the time and it has worked for me! And when you are having a lot of repeated bad dreams, it's a bad sign and you should contact a shaman to fix this.
If you dream about snake(s), it means you or someone you know is pregnant. If you dream about eating fruits/vegetables, it is a sign that you are pregnant with a girl. If you dream that you are being shot, and can feel the bullet, you're having a boy.
Don't make fun of handicapped, deformed, disfigured kids or else your kids will end up the same.
Don't whistle at night.
Don’t fall at a funeral or you will see the dead person spirit and they will follow you home making you sick and worst scenario dying.
Children who still have all their baby teeths, can see ghost.
You can't cut your hair at night, its bad luck!
If you get pepper in your eyes, rub your saliva on your pinky toe.
Eye Twitching: I'm still learning what this really means,. but so far, I understand that it means I will be shedding tears, usually hearing some bad gossips/rumors.
See on July 12, 2020:
I am a married female. My sister dreamed about seeing 2 dragon. One dragon that was white and beautiful going towards her and my mom. The other one that she saw was a dragon that was going towards me and shined a very bright light on me. I was wondering what it meant. Some people have told me dragon is a child spirit.
Kia L (author) from ATL on May 11, 2020:
Pregnancy dreams doesn't necessarily mean that you are pregnant. It usually means you are dealing with some kind of sickness/illness, could be physical or mental health. Maybe you are already aware of this... and maybe its your dreams telling you.
I hope this helps, and please do keep me updated.
Chyna Vang on May 05, 2020:
Do you know what it means to have dreams about being pregnant? I’m always having dreams of being pregnant when I’m actually not. My most recent dream was that I was about 5-6 months pregnant and none of my family and friends knew. Not even my boyfriends side of the family. The weird thing was that I was also at a funeral too. Some Hmong girl had passed away along with a little boy. But in my dream, I clearly remember that I was constantly rubbing my stomach, like making sure my baby was fine.
J McRae BA MA Psy from Desert Southwest U.S. on April 04, 2020:
Oh my! I did not want this story to end! Really great article! At the end, there is a punctuation problem after the word "("means"). Probably should only be a comma there.
Der on November 09, 2019:
I had a dream about getting married a second time at my parent's house. Yet, in the dream I don't know who I was getting married to. I'm already married and have 2 kids.
Kia L (author) from ATL on September 15, 2019:
Tim Truzy: Thank you!
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on September 14, 2019:
Interesting article. I've met a few Hmong people, and they are truly enjoyable friends. I particularly like calling your spirit home. I would be very upset if my spirit was allowed to continue vacationing while I had to return home. Great article.
Phals on May 18, 2019:
I just had a dream i was being attack by a wolf. As the wolf try to attack me i jump in to the river just when i thought i was free it jump right in after me. At first i fought it try to drown it then another one jump in so i swim up the river as fast as i could. I try splashing water in hope of making it hard to see and when they both got close to me i had to fight and try to drown them again. What does this mean?