Ahai Lujin, the president of the Lugu Lake Institute of Matriarchal Culture of Mosuo People, is a sociology researcher, who has found, through many years of investigation, that the Lugu Lake and its relics have been widely well-known to the people after the scholars' and medids preaching. But few people have made studies of the essence of the Mosuo people's matriarchal family and Axia visiting marriage.
It is hard to explain exactly the two - thousand - year history and
the future of Mosuo people. As time goes on, the matriarchal culture of
Mosuo people is in the state of being swallowed because of being
depressed, eroded and dispelled by the development of modem culture.
If this kind of culture disappears we will have eternal regret just
as "yellow crane has gone and will never return, there remains the
empty Tower of Yellow Crone." As the society is progressing and economy
developing rapidly, how we can protect and keep the matriarchal culture
should be a key problem to be discussed while developing tourism around
the Lugu Lake.
In order to give wider angle of view and academic exchange
opportunity for the studies of marital family trends and sexual
relation in the future he invited some scholars to make programs and
set up the institute in March 1994.
Then it set out to make studies of Mosuo people's sexual culture,
visiting marriage, and the mystery of their harmonious sexual life.
To study, develop, protect and advocate Mosuo matriarchal culture and promote sexual equality.
President of the institute, two vice presidents, an english
translator and a computer operator who are in charge of the office, two
departments, academic research department and international liaison
department and five invited part-time advisers and staffs.
It is a sole ethnic voluntan association in China which is mainly
made up of Yi and Mosuo eople. It focus on the studies of fence
anthropology, sociology, sexual sociology and ethnology and makes
studies of Mosuo culture and boundary-science.
Working items and contents
1. Academic study, making field survey, study, exploration;
propagating Mosuo culture by compiling and exhibiting Mosuo culture
materials; making academic exchange at home and abroad.
2. Contacting scholars at home and abroad for studies, academic exchange and cooperation.
1. In studies it has published more than ten papers and speeches in
domestic and international magazines and at important conference. It
has mustmcted and helped to publish more than 100 papers.
2. It has held 3 international symposiums which have never happened
in China before and it is the beginning for the Chinese people to make
studies about sexology. It has been recorded as break through in sexual
research and a pioneering action in culture field in china. The First
China International Symposium on Female Anthropology and Matriarchal
Culture around the [agu lake is held in Li jiang and Lugu Lake, which
is sure to be a significant event that means the study of Mosuo culture
has involved in the academic exchange activities in international
3. It has compiled and published the Collections of Papers of the
First International Symposium on Sexology and the Fifth International
Conference on the History of STCN.
4. It has been invited to attend international academic conferences
held :in ten countries such as the United States, Japan, Germany,
France and so on. It is the first Chinese academic organization to be
invited to visit world famous American Sexual Institute, Kinsey.
Work in the future
1. It will open the door wider for cooperation and the study of
western minority and Mosuo matriarchal culture because there are all
kinds of colorful minority culture and customs.
2. It is compiling a book "Sexual Culture in Women- Dominating Kingdom, Fatherless and Nonhusband Society"
3. It is assisting Lijiang Westem Promoting Association to apply to United Nation for World Culture Legacy of Lugu Lake.
4.Approve by the Culture Rureau of China No.113(98) it is going to
make it film Sexual Heritage in Ancient China and photos which will be
exhibited across the country.
5.In order to make further study of Mosuo matriarchal culture in
Lugu Lake and make it a model for nice family and sexual equality it is
to prepare to raise money as funds of Mosuo Matriarchal culture. It
hopes all the persons and organizations concerned at home and abroad to
give aid and suggestions to our institute.
Website: Lugu Lake Institute of Matriarchal Culture of Mosuo People