Year: 1971 Source: Ethnos, v.36, no.1-4, (1971), p.52-93 SIEC No: 19850078

This study of the Na-Khi, a minority ethnic group in S.W. China, includes an investigation of the high suicide rate that the Chinese intervention of 1723, breaking down the matrilineal kinship system, placed women in the ambivalent position of being legally inferior but in actuality quite powerful. Young women unable to cope with this situation commited suicide, often taking their lovers with them.(NBB)