Exhibition at Yunnan provincial museum explores the mystery of Mosuo



From July 1, 2020 to February 28, 2021, an exhibition named Moso: Family, Marriage, Dialogue will be on show at Yunnan provincial museum. There will be a total of more than 300 sets of exhibits imbued with Mosuo culture, as well as a large number of precious objects, photos and videos.



Mosuo is a small ethnic group living in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, and is often referred to as China’s “last matrilineal society”. They live around the Lugu lake where has one of the best known aspects of Mosuo culture, “walking marriage”, and has become a popular tourist resort attracting numerous visitors, ethnologists, anthropologists and folklorists. Scholars believe that the “walking marriage” is a miracle in the history of human marriage. This culture is still reserved up to now, and the Lugu lake is still known as the “oriental Kingdom of women”.


The exhibition shows the matrilineal society and “walking marriage” through the perspective of Mosuo people, presenting the history, life style and marriage. Meanwhile, it introduces artist’s interpretation of Mosuo, and tries to dialogue with audience to show Mosuo culture.

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(Editors: Christine, Rachel)

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