6 Gender Roles Walking Marriages— women have more power Family Responsibilities—men have less responsibilityChildren live in maternal household
7 Ceremony Life Ceremony occurs at 12-14-years-old “Skirt Ceremony” for girls“Pants Ceremony” for boys
8 Cognitive Domain Synaptic Pruning—”use it or lose it” principle Agrarian society with emphasis on family-focused relationshipsGender roles vary significantlyBoth girls and boys are taught to value, seek, and enjoy sexual activitiesWomen do majority of physical/manual labor
9 Language and Education No written language—all history, culture, and religion passed down orallyFormal education system extremely underdevelopedClash of traditional rural/familial education with formal educationVery few students graduate from high school, few-to-none attend college
10 Belief Systems Tibetan Buddhism Daba Four Noble Truths Presence of SufferingDesire brings SufferingSuffering can be ended through achieving NirvanaSteps to Nirvana are known as the “Noble Eightfold Path”Daba“Original” religion of the Mosuo culture, has been largely replaced by Buddhism in recent historyNature worshipDaba priests still called to perform special events
11 Closing Uniqueness of the Mosuo Culture Walking Marriages/ Women as head of household“Skirt” and “Pant” Ceremony to mark the age of adulthoodVariation/reversal of gender roles in the householdWestern World vs. Mosou cultureTourism in the area has recently boomed.The modern is growing around the ancient.
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