The Mosuo Minority at Lugu Lake, Yunnan Province, China

Yunnan Province in Southern China is the home for 26 minority races. The most interesting minority race is the Mosuo Minority in Lugu Lake. I have never been to Lugu Lake but I got to Lijiang which is not far away from the place where Mosuo people orginated.

The people of Mosuo practice zouhun (èµ°å©š) – walking marriage (a commitment made between two individuals without legal restraints) – that makes this community noticeable as a lakeside love haven. Men and women never get married. Children only know who is their mother and do not normally who their father are. Children will stay with their mother and in such way, their family and get pretty big. Women are the boss in this Mosuo Minority where all decision are made by women. When a man and woman fall in love, the man visits the woman in the night and then returns to his mother’s home in the morning. They never formalize the arrangement to create a new family group, although some couples remain committed to each other throughout their entire lives and often have many children together. It is also normal for a man to have several lovers.

I had a chance to meet a Mosuo gentlement at Lijiang and spoke to him at length and happy to learn a lot about the Mosuo people.

One of the book that I have purchased and read is as shown below:

Mosuo People

The Southern part of China is so rich is culture and I do hope to visit Tibet in the not too distant future.

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