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Further information

This website can never hope to present more than the briefest of looks into Mosuo culture. If you are interested to learn more about the Mosuo, we'd recommend some of the following sources:


Leaving Mother Lake : A Girlhood at the Edge of the World ”   by Christine Mathieu and Yang Erche Namu   -- this is a very well-written biography of a Mosuo woman, Yang Erche Namu, who left her home to try to make it in the “big city”.   The book focuses a lot on her childhood, and reveals a lot of detail about daily Mosuo life and culture.

A History and Anthropological Study of the Ancient Kingdoms of the Sino-Tibetan Borderland - Naxi and Mosuo ” by Christine Mathieu – written by the same author as “Leaving Mother Lake”, this is a scholarly anthropological work based on years of study of the Mosuo and Naxi cultures.   Not light reading, but tons of information for those who are seriously interested in the Mosuo culture.



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