The Mong Oral Tradition: Cultural Memory in the Absence of Written Language

The Mong Oral Tradition: Cultural Memory in the Absence of Written Language

Yer J. Thao


In 1975, after years of fight, Communists seized keep an eye on of the govt. of Laos. contributors of the Mong tradition who had helped the U.S. crucial Intelligence corporation of their quest to halt the unfold of Communism have been compelled to maneuver to the US as political refugees. The Mong, with their robust tradition of oral traditions and ideology, have been plunged right into a multicultural society the place the written notice used to be established. consequently, their oral customs at the moment are being slowly eroded and changed with a written culture. wanting to carry directly to their cultural identification and proceed the traditions in their ancestors, the Mong nonetheless fight with the quandary this variation in literary notion has prompted. Compiled from quite a few interviews, this quantity explores the lives of thirteen Mong elders. With emphasis on their precise oral culture and cultural practices, the ebook discusses Mong rituals, tribal customs, non secular ideals and academic reviews. the focus of the paintings, even if, is the approach to life the elders maintained whereas residing within the mountains of Laos. of their personal phrases, they describe their early life, groups, spiritual rituals and cultural traditions in addition to the continuing fight of adjustment to their new native land. The paintings additionally delves into the Mong perceptions of industrialization and the generational clash that immersion right into a literate society has brought on. the writer himself is a member of the Mong tradition and brings a private standpoint to conserving the oral traditions of this designated ethnicity. The paintings can be listed.

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