In the far northeast of India the women enjoy such powers over the family that the men have set up male rights groups and are desperately fighting for equality!
If there’s a model society to oppose the patriarchal values of this world, then it surely has to be the Khasi culture, where women run the family, own property, take of charge of money and business, and can throw their husbands out whenever they want!
Perhaps this female orientated lifestyle may help us jump the final hurdle of sexual equality here in the West? If not – the Khasi women will certainly have a few useful tips for us on how to keep the men down.
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: State of Meghalaya, Northeast India.
Population: Approximately 1.3 million.
Religion: 80% Christian, 15% Khasi animism, 5% others.
Status of the group: The Khasi are registered as a Scheduled Tribe under the Indian constitution. This allows them to have their own self-governing body: Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), which save guards their traditions, including the matrilineal system.
- All children belong exclusively to the mother and take her name.
- The youngest daughter inherits the family house.
- The husband moves to the wife’s home, where she becomes the boss.
- Daughters are often favoured over sons.
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