China - Lugu lake - Yunnan province - a Mo Suo minorities family having lunch.
Close up of family meal in home close to the shores of Lugu Lake, northwest Yunnan province.
Mo Suo people live along LuGu lake, northwest Yunnan province. Since the population is not big enough, the Chinese government did not assign them as an independent minority. Mo Suo people belongs to the NaXi minority of LiJiang region. Mo Suo people have their own distinctive culture, religion and customs. Most significantly: Mo Suo people do not have a marriage System. Locally, they call their relationships a "walking marriage".
A girl has her ADULT ceremony when she is 14, then she can start to wear the Mo Su costume and the family will give her a room that is called “Flower room”.
Logically, she is allowed to take her boyfriend, since Mo Su family carries on by the mother's name, the son and the daughter stay with mother their whole lifes.
When they are adults, the girl chooses her boyfriend. The boyfriend come to sleep in her room in the evening and leave for his mother's home in the morning. He belongs to his mother's family. She belongs to her mother's family, her children will be taken care of by her family: her mother, uncle, aunts, or sisters and brothers. Her children do not belongs to the boyfriend's family.
Normally, the mother will pass her "power" to her eldest daughter when she is old and thus perpetuate the Mo Suo traditions.