High in the Chinese Himalayas the remote Mosuo tribe is fast becoming a major tourist attraction – officially promoted as a ‘Kingdom of Women’, but unofficially tagged a sex theme park!
To live a promiscuous life of free love is often frowned upon, especially for women, but the Mosuo embrace it as the norm, and even encourage it!
As well as the women running the house and family, they are also known for having a highly controversial style of relationship called ‘walking marriage’, where either of the couple are free to sleep around with whomever they wish. Any children produced are exclusively owned by the woman and her side of the family – fathers in the conventional sense of the word do not exist!
Join us on a quest that delves into the structure of family and social hierarchy to find a real-life matriarchy!
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Location: Lugu Lake, Sichuan and Yunnan border, southwest China.
Population: Approximately 53,000.
Religion: 90% Tibetan Tantric Buddhism (Yellow Hat sect of the Dalai Lama), 5% Daba (local animist beliefs) and 5% Christian.
Status of the group: Mosuo are not officially recognised as a separate minority group in China, but are instead classified under Naxi in Yunnan, and Mongolian in Sichuan.
- The walking marriage relationship allows for multiple sexual partners.
- Children belong exclusively to the mother and take her name.
- The most capable daughter inherits the ancestral property and becomes the head of the family.
- Men do not move out of their mother’s house, but live as eternal ‘mother’s boys’.
- Women run the family tourist businesses.
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