Hmong Religions and Cultures

Eighth Grader Courtney Her from Hillsboro, Oregon recommends. . .

Handbook for Teaching Hmong-Speaking Students by Bruce Thowpaou Bliatout

As old traditions say, “accept the new things but don’t forget the old things.” These lines could tell you the whole life style of how the Hmongs lived. It’s sad how kids my age don’t even know the littlest bit of their religion and cultures. But I’m glad to know who I represent.

This wonderful book is called Handbook for Teaching Hmong -Speaking Students by Bruce Thowpaou Bliatout. The book is for everyone who is looking for something that is unique, amazing, and understandable. The book has many details but not too much to make you think you’re wasting your time reading it.

The story is about how to speak the languages of the Hmong people and how the special events happen. One of my favorite events that happen is knowing about lost souls, including how you call them back or just losing the person you love. The name of this ceremony is “Hu Plig”. Whoever is hosting this ceremony must prepare foods to give and honor the house spirits, and also prepare food for the guests. Every man in the family that is a shaman must know how to do the rituals.

I highly recommend this book if you love to read nonfiction books. Learning about one’s religion is so fascinating. You know how they lived, eat, like, what they do, games, events happenings, and everything else you can think of. At first when you look at the book, you think:  no way am I reading this. But as you read it,  you  always say, “Wow, I didn’t know they did that.” This is a book you will never regret reading at all.

Over all, this is such a fantastic way to learn about my tradition. I can always talk with people and say yes I know about that. From the very beginning it was hard enough, but now if you think about it,  I know a whole lot than before. And because of that now I feel great and not embarrassed about not knowing who I really am.


Several of Courtney’s classmates have also allowed us to publish reviews of what they’re currently reading.  And for recommendations from kids of all ages, check out our Kids Recommend section.


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