CiLi NaCuo (third from the right) and other 13 year old Mosuo girls at the «Coming of Age» Ceremony on the mountain. After this day the girls will be given a private room in the home.
The village LuoShui, around Lugu Lake. A lot of big Mosuo families lives here because the living condition is good.
Grandmother in the Yimi (Grandmothers Livingroom). This room is considered the heart of the family.
Nazhu (22) is home for Spring Festival. She helps out at home and cleans her Grandmothers livingroom.
Mosuo families get ready for their annual «Coming of Age» Ceremony.
PingCuo (16) and her best friend at the Fire Dance, where Mosuo dance for tourist. This is also a place to socialize and meet friends.
A lot of Chinese tourist come to Lugu Lake, which has made the living condition much better for the Mosuos. At the end of this year they will open a airport at Lugu Lake which will bring a lot more tourists.
CiLi NaCuo (13) at home after the ceremony in the mountain with her new dress. Today she is a young woman.
Duan (18) and Ciren Youngzhen (19) in Kunming where they both study. Ciren (right) is one of many young Mosuos who live away from her family in Lugu Lake to get an education.
Ciren Youngzhen (19) and her friend, Duan at the zoo in Kunming.
Her own room
Lugu Lake, Yunnan province
CiLi NaCuo adjusts her hair wig. She looks out at the crowd on the mountain plateau.
Today, the day after the Chinese New Year, families in Lugu Lake celebrates their thirteen year olds transition to adulthood. The annual "Coming of Age" Ceremony is considered one of the most important events in a Mosuo child’s life.
Mosuo is a small female dominated ethnic group living high up in the Tibetan Himalayas. The society is matriarchal and in every family the oldest grandmother is in charge.
The ethnic group practices Walking Marriage, which means that men and woman are free to have multiple romantic partners, and can initiate or break off relationships when they please. When a child is born, it lives with it’s mother and her family their whole life. When the man visits a woman he has to do it at night, and he has to return to his mothers house before sunrise. After the "Coming of Age" Ceremony the girls will be given their own private room in their home.
In the village LuoShui, around the Lugu lake, a lot of big Mosuo families live. Because of the increasing boom of tourism, this has made the living condition better for the Mosuo. Many own hotels, restaurants or shops to earn money. Buses come up the tall mountains every day, crowded with curious tourists. It takes nine hours and the road is bumpy.
At the end of this year, they are opening an airport in Lugu Lake, which will result in more tourists the coming years.
After the Spring Festival, most of the youth in Lugu Lake goes back to school in the bigger cities nearby, like Lijiang or Kunming. Ciren Youngzhen (19) is one of many Mosuo girls living in Kunming to get an education. When they are finished with school they wish to come home, or live as close home as they can.
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