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Matriarchal/Matrilineal Walking Marriages Religion Mosuo & Naxi Coming of Age

Coming of Age

The coming of age ceremony, usually at around 12-14 years of age, is one of the most important events in a Mosuo child's life. Before this ceremony, Mosuo children will dress the same, and are restricted from certain aspects of Mosuo life. But once they come of age, girls are given their skirts, and men are given their pants (thus, it is called the “skirt ceremony” for girls, and the “pants ceremony” for boys).

Before coming of age, children are forbidden from participating in certain activities, particularly those that involve religious ceremonies. Also, a child who dies before having this ceremony will not receive the traditional funeral.

After coming of age, Mosuo females can get their own private bedroom; and, once past puberty, can begin to invite partners for “walking marriages”.



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photos taken by Danny Gawlowski and Josie Liming