Ancient Hmong Writing System (Part 1 of 7)

This video is meant to help Hmong speaking individuals understand the ancient Hmong writing system and its history. The consonants, vowels, tone indicators, and numerals will be discussed over the course of these 7 video clips. I will help make an informative documentary for our English speaking viewers at a later date.

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There are 14 vowels in the RPA Writing System. The vowel ” ia ” is only used for White Hmong writing while the vowel ” aa ” is only used Green Hmong writing.

Ancient Hmong Writing System (Part 1 of 7) - YouTube

Duffy, John. (1998, Spring). Roots of a new American literacy: Hmong writing in Laos and the U.S. English Update, p.3. In1959 Shonglue emerged claimed that he was led by God to save the Hmong Tribal People. He was uneducated person born in a very poor family. He claimed that God helped him invented the Hmong writing, Hmong national flag, and reinforce focus on the Hmong Tribal People religions. He was labeled “crazy and insane” and was assassinated in 1971. His teachings are carrying on until today.

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Discovering the Hmong Language is a Hmong textbook. It is the best book to teach and learn Hmong language, culture and history. This book has sold over thousands of copies to school districts, universities and individuals. This is the second edition with more information to enhance the learning. The first major chapter in this book is the Hmong writing containing the consonants, vowels and tone markers. The other two chapters are intended to continue the development of language and literacy through history and culture.

Good book about the original Pahauh Hmong writing


Therefore to preserve the Hmong written language, Hmong women sowed the characters onto their own clothing as a form of art later known as the Flower Cloth (paj ntaub). This form of art helped keep it alive, that was how the written language of the Hmong was preserved for centuries. Oral traditions became more dominant and the written language became obscured for security reasons.It takes a great level of patience alone to sow each character from the flower cloth, when a student has proven that they have the patience to learn, they are eventually taught what sound each character makes and there onto how to read and write the ancient Hmong writing system.Hmong historians, traditionally old men or women who kept the oral tradition alive, often encouraged the Hmong youth to "kawm ntaub kawm ntawv" which literally translated into English as "learn the cloth learn the writing." This meaning was never fully understood as many Hmong including myself thought these words simply meant "get an education." But the true meaning was that if you learn how to sow the cloth you'll eventually learn how to use the Hmong writing system.Even though we realize the importance of promoting education among the Hmong, we also emphasize on the need to educate the youths about their culture. Therefore, the organization offered programs devoted towards keeping many of the Hmong cultural traditions in existence. These programs are range from learning how to implement the "Raj, Ncas, Xim Xaus" and to construct it, learning the Hmong traditional dance “Yaj Yaum, Ntxhee Txuj”, and the Hmong writing system of the Pahauh Hmong. We believe that this will help to keep the Hmong heritage in existence for generations to come. Please continue to visit this site for the latest developments for special collections of information regarding the Hmong Language.