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Himalaya

Day 81: Lugu Lake

Michael Palin - Himalaya'Many Mosuo women want to get pregnant but can't,' she says. 'So they go to the Penis Cave on Gemu Goddess Mountain.'

'The Penis cave?'

Namu's almond eyes widen.

'It's unbelievable. All stones look like a penis. They all different sizes.'

'Does it work?'

She nods.

'They go there to pray and normally after that they get pregnant.'

As a result of being allowed to choose their male partners and to have as many as they want without stigma, the Mosuo are seen in some way as less than civilized, but Namu sees it as quite the opposite. Theirs is a society that has no place for sexual jealousy and all the judgemental possessiveness that goes with it.

She says that her people are very like the native Americans she met in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

'I walk in there and feel that I'm like their sister.'
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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 81: Lugu Lake
  • Country/sea: China
  • Place: Lugu Lake
  • Book page no: 190

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