This year, 2001, is the Year of Women's Empowerment in India, but Khasi
women already have more power than many women in the world.
Women here are economically active until they are very old.
Children take their mothers' clan names and descent is linear from
mother to daughter.
The youngest daughter becomes the custodian of her family's property
(the eldest daughter assumes that responsibility in the ruling family).
A High Priestess is responsible for the community's spiritual life.
Her brother or son serves as King and is addressed by the honorific
The woman is the guardian spirit of each house; the cooking and eating
area, which is considered the sacred, is where religious rites occur.
Grooms move into their mother-in-laws' homes.
The Khasi's omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God is addressed both
as “she” and “he.”