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Author Symonds, Patricia V.,
Title Calling in the soul : gender and the cycle of life in a Hmong village / Patricia V. Symonds ; with a new afterword by the author.
Imprint Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2014]

Subject Hmong (Asian people) -- Thailand, Northern -- Rites and ceremonies.
Women, Hmong -- Thailand, Northern -- Social conditions.
Sex role -- Thailand, Northern.
Sexual division of labor -- Thailand, Northern.
Patrilineal kinship -- Thailand, Northern.
Hmong Americans -- Social life and customs.
Thailand, Northern -- Social life and customs.
Description 1 online resource (xlix, 336 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-323) and index.
Contents Introduction : conducting research in a Hmong village -- Hmong cosmology : a balance of opposites -- Mothers, daughters, and wives -- Birth : the journey to the land of light -- Death : the journey to the land of darkness -- Reflections on power, gender, and the cycle of life -- Epilogue : HIV/AIDS and the Hmong in Thailand.
Summary "Calling in the Soul (Hu Plig) is the chant the Hmong use to guide the soul of a newborn baby into its body on the third day after birth. Based on extensive original research conducted in the late 1980s in a village in northern Thailand, this ethnographic study examines Hmong cosmological beliefs about the cycle of life as expressed in practices surrounding birth, marriage, and death, and the gender relationships evident in these practices. The social framework of the Hmong (or Miao, as they are called in China, and Meo, in Thailand), who have lived on the fringes of powerful Southeast Asian states for centuries, is distinctly patrilineal, granting little direct power to women. Yet within the limits of this structure, Hmong women wield considerable influence in the spiritually critical realms of birth and death"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Includes texts in Hmong with English translation.
Local Note JOHN CARROLL: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
ISBN 9780295805658 (electronic)
029580565X (electronic)
9780295994215 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0295994215 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 912324905
Additional Format Print version: Symonds, Patricia V. Calling in the soul. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2014] 9780295994215 (DLC) 2014011541 (OCoLC)875520686