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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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Tisese: The Primary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union

Tisese: The Primary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union

(p.73) 3 Tisese: The Primary Pattern of Institutionalized Sexual Union
Quest for Harmony
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the treatment of tisese as a sexual and reproductive institution. First, it discusses the political complications and academic implications of the nomenclature of the Moso visiting system. Then, it describes in detail how this dominant pattern of institutionalized sexual union is practiced, including how a relationship is formed, how a relationship can end, what socioeconomic implications such a relationship has for the partners and their respective households, what happens to children born to such a relationship, and what factors are involved in selecting a mate. Finally, it concludes that tisese, in its traditional form at least, is noncontractual, nonobligatory, nonexclusive, and status-blind.

Keywords:   Moso visiting system, sexual institution, children, tisese

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