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Hmong fear for spirits of the dead after headstones moved

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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The manager of a cemetery in central California says he will learn more about Hmong culture and traditions after an uproar on social media over headstones that were moved without the proper Hmong ritual.

The Fresno Bee reports Thursday that Mountain View Cemetery manager Randy Giovannoni says staff earlier this week moved four or five upright gravestones to dig a grave for a Hmong burial.

Hmong believe that by moving the headstones without proper ritual, the spirits of the deceased are being disturbed and that could cause harm to their living relatives, especially their grandkids.

Giovannoni says he did not know moving headstones was problematic in the Hmong community until a Hmong TV station called him about photos of the headstones being shared hundreds of times on social media.

Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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