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!
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.
Mosuo culture – eBook video