What makes the Mosuo society unique is their practice of zuo hun, or "walking marriage". Men and women do not form monogamous partnerships for life. "Walking marriage" means the man visits the woman's bedroom at night, returning to his mother's house in the morning. Children born of these unions, which can be casual or last a lifetime, become part of the woman's clan. They have no word for "father", "husband" or "jealousy ". The father and all adult men are known as "uncles" – there is no stigma attached to not knowing who a child's father is.
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