The Culture Behind The Mosuo People Essay

814 Words Dec 4th, 2014 4 Pages
The purpose of this essay is to explain the culture behind The Mosuo people. By using the “Barrel Model” I will break down the culture’s internal and external factors and how they have become a civilized society. The Barrel Model breaks elements or characteristics of a culture into three sections. The three sections that the model are broken into are Infrastructure, Social Structure, and Superstructure. The cultural aspect is what they value in beliefs or ideas, and the behaviors that come from these beliefs and values. These aspects have shaped the Mosuo people. The things that have shaped the society of the Mosuo people in infrastructure are substance and settlement. The topics in social structure are kinship and gender roles. Lastly, superstructure which focuses on Tisese and ideology.
The Mosuo people who are also called Na are located in the upper highland around the Jinsha River in southwest China. The population of this society has around 40,000 people (Walsh, Eileen Rose). The climate in the summer is hot and dry and the winter is freezing cold. The native language of the Mosuo is Naru or Na, this language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family. Their language is spoken and has no written form. INFUSTRUCTURE
Subsistence is the way people survive as individuals and as a society, in this society they believe in an agricultural society. They use a developed irrigation system, and the women perform all the work, while men work seasonally to plow and till the…

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