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Quest for Harmony: The Moso Traditions of Sexual Union and Family Life.

Chuan-kang Shih


This ethnography details the traditional social and cultural conditions of the Moso, a matrilineal group living on the border of Yunnan and Sichuan Provinces in southwest China. Among the Moso, a majority of the adult population practice a visiting system called tisese instead of marriage as the normal sexual and reproductive institution. Until recently, tisese was noncontractual, nonobligatory, and nonexclusive. Partners lived and worked in separate households. The only prerequisite for a tisese relationship was a mutual agreement between the man and the woman to allow sexual access to each o ... More

Keywords: ethnography, Moso, Yunnan Province, Sichuan Province, southwest China, tisese, visiting system, sexual access, Moso society, reproductive institution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780804761994
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804761994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chuan-kang Shih, author