Hmong Shaman Ceremonies

A Hmong Tradition & Heritage

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$22.00 per guest
Hosted by Siaye Lee

Highlights

  • Experience a traditional Hmong Shaman ceremony in a local Hmong Village
  • Understand from your host and shaman about the age-old practice and what it means for the Hmongs
  • Try your hand at pounding Hmong sticky rice cake (Paid Add-on)

Inclusive of:

  • Hmong Ceremony and Blessing in a local Hmong Village
  • Pickup & Dropoff from Hotel
  • English Speaking Facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Food and drinks (Chicken & Sticky Rice Cakes available as add-ons)
5 Out of 5
8 Reviews
Junji Koide Japan
5
7 May, 2019

Lovely warm experience ! You should better to add-on Chicken & Sticky Rice Cakes!!!

Kara Balcerzak
5
12 Feb, 2019

This was the highlight of my time in Luang Prabang! This is an authentic (spiritual) healing session, so come ready with...

$US 22.00 per guest
2.5 hours
1 - 15 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Traditional Hmong religious beliefs are animism. Life is seen as a continuous circle of birth and rebirth, and the Hmong believe that there are two worlds which are physical and spiritual that coexists side by side. We believe in many types of spirits including ancestral spirits, house spirits and spirits in the natural world. According to Hmong cosmology, the human body is the host for a number of souls. If one or more of these souls are isolated and separated from the body for example it was frightened away or kidnapped by an evil force. This can cause disease, depression and death. Generally, disease is understood as disruption in balanced, dynamic interaction of souls, spirits, and persons. As a result, when it comes to treating illnesses, the Hmong believe in the healing power of shamans instead of doctors. The shaman is the traditional healer who can convey the displeasure of God for the behavior of people and navigates the spirit world to determine and treat the spiritual causes of disease. The purpose of this ceremony is to cure the illness of a person. There are many situations when a Hmong shaman has to perform such as to treat an illness, to add more longer life to a person, to block any bad spirit from a person, to bless a house, to ease the anger spirits or to call the souls back when a person's spirit has taken by a malevolent spirit. Shaman attempt to heal illnesses through offerings to the spirits such as with paper or meals or with a sacrifice of a chicken, pig, crab or other animal. In Hmong culture, the souls of sacrificial animals are connected to human souls, so a shaman uses an animal's soul to support or protect the patient's soul. Although you believe in a different religions, we are happy to share and help with any of your problems or concerns or questions that you may have and would like it to be solved. Option 1: A shaman ceremonies with 1 chicken and a meal with the host Please select the chickens the Add-on if you want to have animal's soul to support your soul. Option 2: Hmong traditional sticky rice cake In addition Hmong traditional sticky rice cake is an activity that is funny and interesting. This activity usually takes place a day before the opening ceremonies of their New Year. Usually sweet sticky rice is soaked in water for a few hours and then is cooked. They will pour the cooked rice into the rice pounder which is made specifically for this activity. This cake is to plough rice to glutinize it that require a strength of 2 people. It takes about 20 minutes to completely mash the rice. During the the pounding process, you have to push and pull the mashed rice to make it smooth. Hmong cakes are use for eating, offer to their visitors during New Year, for offering to deceased and burial. Note: Without any add-on, it is for a shaman ceremonies only. Please bring your own drinking water

Additional Information:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Bring raincoat or umbrella if it’s rainy season (Rainy season is from May to mid October)
  • Drinking water
  • Pickup is included, please enter your pickup location during checkout
  • Journey Time from Luang Prabang is around 15-20mins
  • There might be other people on the same experience

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Your Local Host

Siaye Lee

Siaye is 65 years old now and used to live very high up on the mountain, about 4 hours walk from the nearest road. Making bird traps is something that he loves to do after working in the farm and he is willing to t...

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8 reviews from people who took this experience

Junji Koide Japan
5
7 May, 2019

Lovely warm experience ! You should better to add-on Chicken & Sticky Rice Cakes!!!

Kara Balcerzak
5
12 Feb, 2019

This was the highlight of my time in Luang Prabang! This is an authentic (spiritual) healing session, so come ready with something you want healed. I added on the chicken lunch, which was an amazing opportunity to sit with the shaman and his family and chat about life. The family is down-to-earth, kind, and interesting. Witnessing the traditional healing, during which the shaman invokes the spirits to heal you, was interesting and beautiful. If you have any curiosity about shamanism, I'd recommend this highly!

Keiko Sugiyama
5
30 Dec, 2018

Loved the ceremony and food also the warm welcome from the host’s family members! The guide also explained well and very good English!

US$ 22.00 per guest
8 Reviews