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Quest for HarmonyThe Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.$
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Chuan-kang Shih

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804761994

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.001.0001

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The Unusual Moso Gender Syste

The Unusual Moso Gender Syste

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Quest for Harmony
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This chapter explores the unusual Moso gender system. Looking at ethnographic data, as well as legends and cultural idioms, this chapter shows how the Moso deem females superior to males and how they twist cultural concepts and social practices borrowed from patriarchal cultures such as the Tibetan and the Han to fit their superior-female ideology. It also describes the Moso gender system with depictions of child care in household life and of gender division of labor in agricultural work, particularly during the People's Commune period.

Keywords:   gender system, superior-female ideology, patriarchal cultures, People's Commune

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