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Nplooj Lwg

by Micha F. Lindemans

According to the Hmong Song of Creation, the frog who created heaven and earth. It was a place inhabited by humans and spirits where they lived together peacefully. Men, however, claimed that the frog had lied about the size of the world, which was supposed to be no larger than the palm of a hand or the sole of a foot, and killed the frog.

Its dying curse was that humans and spirits would no longer live together but that they would be separated into two worlds. Furthermore, the world of mankind would know sickness and death, alternate heat and rain, and that the leaves would fall off the trees. Before, humans had been able to rise up on the thirteenth day after death, but henceforth they lost that ability.

The Song of Creation is sung during the funeral rites.


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