Hmong Shaman Ceremony

The Hmong religion is traditionally animist, believing in the spirit world and in the interconnectedness of all living things. At the centre of Hmong culture is the shaman. According to Hmong cosmology, the human body is the host for a number of souls. The isolation and separation of one or more of these souls from the body can cause disease, depression and death. Curing rites are therefore referred to as soul-calling rituals. Whether the soul became separated from the body because it was frightened away or kidnapped by an evil force, it must return in order to restore the integrity of life. The village shaman helps rid the community of bad spirits, inviting good ones to stay.

Credits

Director I Director of Photography: Cyril Eberle

1st Assistant Director I Photographer: Kyle Wagner

Editor I Colourist: Ka Xiong

(2015)