CMTI 0412 Hmong Religions

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About this Course

The focus of this course is to identify the core values of beliefs fundamental to Hmong animism, to examine its contradictions of beliefs and practices, and to apply knowledge you gain to your ministry outreach.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Understand the beliefs and practices of Hmong animistic religion and its contradictions.
  • Form a basic apologetic defense of Christianity as the only true faith by comparing and contrasting the false belief system of Hmong Animism to Christianity. 
  • Understand the fate of the non-believers and develop ministry strategies to reach out to the non-Christian Hmong families and communities. 
  • Identify key issues of syncretism in Hmong Christianity (what is pure Hmong culture, what is mixed culture and religion, and what is pure Hmong religion) and sound biblical solutions to these issues. 
  • Identify key issues of conflict between Hmong Christians and non-Christian Hmong that led to the persecution of Hmong Christians by non-Christian Hmong in this country and overseas.
  • Empower Hmong Christians to be more involved in the Hmong community that will eventually bring more understanding between Hmong Christians and Hmong
  • Understand the power of Satan and the demons that oppressed the non-Christian Hmong and how they can be delivered in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Your Instructor

Dr. Long Khang (Swm-Looj Khaab)

Dr. Long Khang was born in Laos and came to the US at the age of 14. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Political Science and Sociology of Criminology of Law and Deviance, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He heard the call to ministry and earned a Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary. However, health issues have prevented him from the Lord’s ministry. Dr. Khang has been working in the Corrections Department in Ramsey County, MN for over 28 years.

Earn Credit

If you successfully complete this course with a demonstrated 80% proficiency, you will be eligible to apply 3 academic credits toward a Crown College degree at no additional cost. These credits may be applied as free electives toward an undergraduate or graduate academic program if you choose the corresponding required assignments.


  • Long Khang, (2015). Hmong Animism: A Christian Perspective. Xulon Press. [ISBN: 9781498433656] 
  • Vincent Kou Her, (2005). Hmong Mortuary Practices: Self, Place and Meaning in Urban America. Ph. D Dissertation. University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. [UMI: 3185608]. 
  • Patricia V. Symonds, (2004). Calling in the Soul: Gender and the Cycle of Life In a Hmong Village. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. [ISBN: 0-295-98339-6]. 
  • Case Study:  Anne Fadiman, (1997). The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. [ISBN: 978-0-374-53340-3].  


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