dab xwm kab

The spirit of wealth and riches who protects the household and all its members. It is represented by a small altar in the form of a piece of rice-paper, located on the wall opposite the front door. The altar is daubed with the blood and feathers of sacrificed chickens, as well as with silver and gold leaf, and can be found in all traditional Hmong houses.

The dab xwm kab is closely associated with the male patrilineage and its principal household representative.



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