Shaman Bells Water Color and Ink Pen

These Shaman bells are used in Hmong spiritual rituals.  I am not Shaman so I am not familiar with the rituals.  I only know that they are used but I have no idea how and what for.  Another term for the spirit calling is “jingle bells,” or in Hmong, Hu Plig (pronounced, who-plee).

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Easter Sunday Service With My Sister

[Easter Sunday Service: My sister and her boyfriend in the hats on the left.]

My sister and her boyfriend invited my husband and I and our kids to Easter service with them this morning.  When we got to the location (a decent size amphitheater) there were so many people that we ended up sitting on the grass way in the back.  I believe the pastor said this was the most people they’ve ever had in all the 25 years they’ve had Easter service at that amphitheater.

It wasn’t the type of service I’m familiar with but it was educational.  The pastor educated us a little about the Islam religion which I found interesting.  At first I found it odd that he would be talking about another religion during Easter service but then I realized that maybe he wanted us to understand this religion so that if we feared it before, it would ease our fears.  My sister mentioned that the topic of other religions was a series that covered a month or two and just so happened to end today (and with Islam).  I would have loved to have been there for the other religions.  I find religion fascinating sometimes.

During the service, my 5-year-old said to me, “It’s Easter because Jesus went to heaven.”  I didn’t teach her that so I was surprised, but I knew she learned that from her preschool.

At the end of the day, a part of me missed my usual Catholic Easter Mass, but I’m glad that I got to experience a wonderful Christian service with beautiful people and music that touched my soul.