dab neeb

The host of shamanic spirits that accompany and protect a Hmong shaman on his journey to the Otherworld. Among the dab neeb are various natural and supernatural forces, such as sparrow-hawks, swallows, tigers, and dragons, but also soldiers and cavalry. An important dab neeb is the spider, for it will create a bridge of iron and copper between the two worlds on which shaman and the other spirits can cross safely into the Otherworld.

See also dab.



  • Cooper, R., ed. (1998). The Hmong. Singapore: Times Editions Pte Ltd.