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Unformatted text preview: function somewhat in such a different society than their own. Theyve stuck together, living near and around their clan members who provide financial and emotional support for each other. According to Hmong beliefs, Western medicine interferes with the harmony of the soul, disrupting its balance. This is thoroughly discussed in chapter 18, where the debate of whether the soul or life is more important. To the Hmongs, if a person dies because they go untreated, at least their soul is alive and at peace. The last chapter relates this to Lia in that they discuss a sacrificial ritual they performed where they sacrificed two pigs in hopes of finding Lias soul. This entire book definitely was an eye opener in that it almost seems like the Hmongs are from a different time....
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2008 for the course ANTHRO 104 taught by Professor Bowie during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.
- Spring '08
- Cultural Anthropology