After four years of research and production, “Kingdom of Women”,
a documentary presented by Silk Rain Media and Produced by CIN has been released worldwide. The documentary shall bear witness to
the lives and culture of the Mosuo, the only existing matriarchal society
in the world.
High above the mountains in South Western China, where Yunnan and Sichuan (of
panda fame) border each other, lies the seldom-visited Lugu Lake. Along
its banks, we find the Mosuo people who have continuously practiced the
matriarchal systems for centuries. Whether out of volition, or of necessity,
the Mosuo women have taken on leader ship in their society for the past
two thousand years.
In the Mosuo households, the eldest female dominates every aspect of the
daily lives and are the principal, if not the sole providers for each
household. Like the hearth, which is the center of Mosuo lives, the women
are the center of Mosuo society.
Through “Kingdom of Women”, we uncover the ties that bind the Mosuo
society known as “Axia”. Loosely translated as ‘the
Walking Marriage’. Axia is the term the Mosuo use to when the highly
precarious form of union between Mosuo women and their men. By practicing
Axia, men and women of the Mosuo tribe form sexual unions for an indefinite
duration as agreed upon by both parties. There is no marriage contract
in any real sense and the offspring resulting from these unions are taken
and raised by the women and their clans. Most likely, because the man
who fathered a child dose not live in the same household, he can make
no claim over the assets of the child’s maternal family. When a
man grows old, he is then taken care of, not by the children he sired,
but by the offspring of the man’s own birth sisters. Axia is considered
the foundation of Mosuo matriarchy.
In “Kingdom of Women”, we also observe in detail the religious
belief and activities of the Mosuo. The Mosuo have a distinct concept
of god and of heaven while following mainly the religious teachings of
Tibetan Buddhism. By the banks of Lugu, one frequently finds white chantries
and colorful banners of Buddhist worship. They symbolize the faith and
hopes of the Mosuo who perceive them as the beacon leading to heaven.
Secluded in their own corner of the world, life in this matrilineal society has
remained tranquil because its people have held on to their religious beliefs;
however, fears that the way of the Mosuo may die are now becoming real
urgent concerns. In his interview, the Mosuo Lama, Yeshe Tsultim predicts
a short-lived future for the Mosuo way of life. Yeshe Tsultim, having
recently returned from England to the region, observes that modern civilization
is forcing its way through into cultures of all corners of the world.
Soon, modern civilization will also encroach upon the Mosuo, and the delicate
matrilineal system by the Lugu Lake may well disappear within the next
Much of human antiquity is now lost to us. If the Mosuo way of life should
vanish now, it will become exceedingly difficulty for peoples of the future
to understand the extraordinary way of life under Mosuo matriarchy. This
documentary film, with its comprehensive research and careful investigations,
serves as a unique testament to a rarely seen social system.
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