Every culture, whether it’s advance or primitive, has some sort of folklore or stories that were told and passed down throughout generations. Khmu is no exception to this cultural practice and yes, we have stories and tales that were shared by our ancestors and then passed down to our young generation. Khmu folklore is a beautiful legend and contains important cultural narratives that we value and would like to preserve for our future generations. Khmu folklore is a form of linguistic, cultural tradition, and the beliefs of the of the Khmu ethnic group. The stories have a special meaning that reflect the lives and common interest of Khmu. It also serves as a bridge for intercultural communication so other groups will understand, respect, and share our core value of the Khmu culture and language. The most important of all about our folklore is to connect and share to the Khmu people living abroad and to those living in their country of origin that we both have the same cultural roots.
Khmu have many folklore stories that were passed down through generations. Some will be about true love like Snta’ Tmooq (Raccoon) and others will be about historic adventure, like the story about Snta’ Rvaay (Tiger). Snta’ is technically a Khmu word meaning, lastname or family’s lineage to a particular animal or nature, just like how the America Indians have their last names associated to nature. Two beautiful folklore stories are shared here both in English and Latin Khmu’. Feel free to click on the link and enjoy the reading.
- (Snta’ rvaay tooc sqkhwaq) String-pulling tiger clan (In English)
- Story of Mél Mool (In English)
- Snta’ Rvaay tooc sqkhwaq (tooc hmpiat) (In Khmu)
- Mél Mool (In Khmu)
Written By: Mark Lasamay