Short Introduction to Na (Moso) culture.
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Between Sichuan and Yunnan, around Lugu Lake under the Hymalaian, lay the mythical Land of Daughters where Na people (known as Moso by Han Chinese) still follow the laws of the Dabus, the grandmothers that through their mother centred families lead their society and carry on ancient traditions which risk soon to fade away to mass tourism and globalisation. The Na is one of the few indigenous societies of peace in the world still not completely consumed by capitalism and most probably rooted in the much debated matriarchy.
Near the lake in a rural village on Sichuan side in a traditional Na house, we want to create a space for women from all walks of life, to find a refuge from patriarchy, to re-discover ourselves in sisterhood, motherhood, daughterhood, “womanhood”, and friendship.
(You can enjoy the magic views of the lake through Ilaria Bohm’s Poetry here https://youtu.be/vJMIQOu34p0
)The guest house will also serve as a study center to continue the research on matriarchal
societies and erased women history and genius, so to reactivate the lost wisdom in the exchange between women that patriarchy have persecuted and obstacled for so many centuries.We aim to investigate the archaic shamanistic role of women in matriarchal societies with relation to the current role of such re-discovery in world change and shifting of patriarchal paradigms of gender and power.
IN TOTAL WE AIM TO RAISE 70.000 euros
50000 Euros to transform a traditional Na House of Sadama, into a Cross Cultural Matriarchal Studies Centre and Erased Women History Guest House & Library to reunite all the erased women's contribution to our human heritage and history.
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES:
-40.000 Euros to do all the necessary improvements to the house to create a comfortable place with all the amenities for our guests (heating, toilettes, shower, library) (And for the pigs. In fact We hope to be to communicate with the local family hosting the project about the possibility of building a fence to keep the pigs in the fields during the day so they may live in better conditions. Please note that this family is poor and like all Na families is not vegetarian, they grow their own vegetables in shared fields with other Na familes, fish, and kill one pig a year in mid November. Sometimes the father may be seen grabbing some bird with his hands killing it, taking the feathers off and cooking it. This is how they survive.
However, it is quite possible for short stays to eat vegan or vegetarian at the house as it is now, and by the time we get to open the actual guest House we will think about how to meet vegan and vegetarian needs of guests. Do be aware however that you will always see parts of pigs hanging around Na houses. The Chinese character for home (家 pronounced jia, is a pig under a roof, just to realise how much all over China the population counted on pigs for survival. This cannot be changed).
The remainf 10000 euros are for the books and dvds on erased women history, 1 video player + 1 projector +1 music player
20.000 euros is necessary in order to fund part of the research for the anthropology PhD on denied female shamanism in Naxi and Na cultures linked to this project and necessary in legal and management terms to make it happen carried out by Ilaria Bohm.
Ilaria, researcher and co-founder of this project has dedicated her life to the study of female shamanism and matriarchal societies since 1996, lived 20 years of her life in contact with aboriginal people across the world, particularly in the Pacific South East, China and South America. (costs of the research include books, material, translation, language classes (Dongba , Chinese and Na) and fieldwork for the upcoming 3 years across Yunnan, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia, as the government scholarship only covers for RMB 3500 per month ((440 euros)). The rest she is funding herself but she does not have sufficient funds to cover all costs and materials, particularly flights, books, transport and guides in the unknown at times unsafe territories she needs to explore (e.g. Xinjiang). Her research work is more than a full time and it involves a lot of travelling so further work to self fund the research is practicably impossible
For more information about the people involved, the Na culture and the Guest House, please visit our website www.wombhome.wordpress.com We acknowledge and thank everyone who has already donated on the previous platform where we reached the amount of 280 euros plus 50 donated offline, however we have chosen to change platform for practical and financial reasons.