Most Eastern life models are patrilineal and the father-son lineage carries forward important life markers such as caste, name, inheritance etc.\nThe rules are clear and common across geographies.\nBut the matrilineal models that are found scattered across geographies come in many different variations and forms.\nExcerpts from a conversation with a gentleman from Mizoram \u2013 who explained the system prevalent in his tribe.\nIn this matrilineal system, the groom comes to live with the bride\u2019s family.\nAnd the inheritance is passed on to the youngest daughter of the family. (not the eldest as seen in Ladakh)\nThe youngest daughter conversely must bear the responsibility of looking after any males \u2013 brothers / father in their old age.\nThe rationale is as follows: in the Mizo world, there is no stigma for unwed mothers. So the women bear children and go about their lives without feeling the pressure of acquiring husbands. As a result, men may find themselves alone at the end of their lives. The responsibility of looking after these men in old age, then rests with the youngest sister.\nA system that offers a unique solution that addresses all aspects of the problem with rules that are internally consistent with each other! One that has survived centuries and generations of tests.\nHard as it may be for the outside world to accept, but it is a valid system \u2013 and the people living it are all happy well adjusted individuals!\n\u00a0\njm\nJune 2012\nNote: This is based on a conversation with a gentleman who worked in the government. Whether this is the way of the past, or of only a particular group of people, or whether it applies to the whole group even today, is unknown \u2013 and requires\u00a0 more conversations.\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Alternate Life Models 5 \u2013 Mizo culture appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.