I N D I G E N O U S   M A T R I A R C H A L   S O C I E T I E S    I N  E A S T E R N   A S I A ,
I N D O N E S I A   A N D   O C E A N I A

Karta över matriarkat i sydostasien

I N D I G E  N O U S  M A T R I A R C H A L   S O C I E T I E S  

I N  E A S T E R N   A S I A ,  I N D O N E S I A   A N D  O C E A N I A

Heide Göttner Abendroth´s account of indigenous matriarchal societies in her tutorial work: Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Cultures Across the Globe, 2013:

"...begins on Northeast India and then follows the same path taken by matriarchal cultures in the earliest times; beginning in the central mountains of East Asia, an area interwoven with great floods, along which people have been able to move far stretches  up- and downwards since time immemorial and from there over the see on to the Pacific region. Anyhow, she consider its beyond the general arrangements of of this book  and its book to present any specific hypothesis regarding their historical spread."

This initital section she has dedicated to the characteristics of the international social and cultural patterns of matriarchal societies as they are practised in contemporary indigenous matriarchies, and gradually, step by step, evolve the outlines and particular variability of their characteristics, from individual matriarchal societies and cultures.

This because she considers this East Asian region to lend itself especially well to that, "as it still has got some indigenous matriarchal societies that coherently demonstrate the full range of matriarchal patterns". But not therefore claiming that, "over their long history they wouldn´t have been distorted by centuries of patriarchal oppression; but these super-impositions can be historically pinpointed and are easily discernible."

And for this reason she will begin with the matriarchal societies in Northeast India - namely in Assam where the Khasi and Garo matriarchal people live. Because until just recently they have held on to their classic matriarchal traits, but as we shall se on the next page about the difficulties the Khasi-people, as is representative for what all of the matriarchies around the globe have to face, nowadays has to grapple with as patriarchy gets increasingly closer knocking at its door.