Analysis Of The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down

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In the last chapter of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, the tvix neeb and relatives were at the Lee’s house to perform a ceremony. To begin the first ceremony, a cord was tied around the smaller pig’s neck, in order to bind the pig’s soul to the souls it would protect. The pig’s throat was slit and was brought outside to gut and clean it. A chicken was boiled for the ceremony as well. Lia’s family surrounded her and the larger pig was brought into the room and a horn was thrown at the pig to see if it would accept it. When the pig accepted it, they held down the pig and cut its neck. Then the tvix neeb did the most dangerous part of the ceremony where he flipped his headdress over his face, which blocked his sight of the world but…show more content…
It was hard to maintain a sacred atmosphere because of the television lights and the sound of the refrigerator. The family hoped the ceremony would at least make Lia happier and stop crying at night. This passage was also important because you could tell how they made sure to treat the animals with some respect. For example, the pig was killed, but the pig was told it would be well rewarded and its soul would be set free at the end of the year. Killing animals for rituals seems hard to understand from another culture, but you can tell they don’t intend to be mean to the animals and at least reward them in their afterlife for their sacrifice. It also reveals a cultural respect and a connection to the natural world. The chapter uses rich details to help you imagine and feel what is happening. After reading this chapter I noticed the importance of writing this book because the author allowed readers to bring Lia back to life in a form, by engaging us in her story. This relates to a few themes seen in this book. Family is an important theme in this book and connected us to the…show more content…
In this article it talks about how people believed they could make a tea that would make them sterile. Another example Is how they would simply ask the gods, which was usually a prayer. This can be related to The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, since in Hmong culture they would get things that were ingested (many more forms), and it would “cure” someone. They had beliefs about certain things that would heal someone if they wanted to get rid of a dab, in this case. This relates to the Magic reading, but it a different sense, where they don’t call it magic. This helps my understanding because people have different beliefs and are taught different things in their culture and as we analyze these things we can see the differences between people’s beliefs and

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