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THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN - Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains
A vibrant glimpse into a way of like that teeters on the knife-edge of extinction
• The first and only book on the Mosuo tribe
• A fascinating account of one of the world’s last matrilineal societies
• A highly promotable author, available for talks and publicity events
Published in March 2017
The Mosuo tribe is one of the last matriarchal societies in the world. In a valley on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan, in a place known as the ‘Kingdom of Women’, 40,000 Mosuo people live in a series of villages. Here, women make the major decisions, control household finances, have rightful ownership of land and property as well as full rights to the children born. Most notably, the Mosuo practice something called ‘walking marriage’ where, from the age of 13, women can choose to take lovers - as many or as few as they wish - from men within the tribe.
Choo Waihong discovered the Mosuo several years ago and lived with them for six years, becoming part of a Mosuo family and of the wider community - the only non-Mosuo to have ever done so. The story of her time in the remote mountains of China is both poignant and compelling.
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