The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains

The Kingdom of Women: Life, Love and Death in China's Hidden Mountains

by Choo WaiHong


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781784537241
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/30/2017
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Originally from Singapore, Choo Waihong was a corporate lawyer with top law firms in Singapore and California before she took early retirement in 2006 and began writing travel pieces for publications such as China Daily. She lived for six years with the Mosuo tribe and now spends half the year with them in Yunnan, China. The other half of the year, Waihong lives in Singapore.

Table of Contents

List of Plates ix

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xiii

Prelude xv

Map: Kingdom of Women xx

1 Arriving in the Kingdom of Women 1

2 Building a Mosuo Home 19

3 Going Native 35

4 Getting to Know the Mosuos 51

5 Becoming the Godmother 69

6 Hunting and Eating in Bygone Times 87

7 How the Mosuo Women Rock 103

8 The Men Rock Too 123

9 A Marriage That Is Not a Marriage 143

10 The Matrilineal Ties That Bind 161

11 The Birth-Death Room 175

12 On the Knife-Edge of Extinction 187

Glossary 199

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