The largest matrilineal society in the world is following Islam
In most Islamic societies, the situation of women is not very favourable, when compared to the men, especially in conservative societies like Saudi Arabia.
However, in the world’s largest Islamic nation, Indonesia, there is a place where women rule over men. Welcome to West Sumatra in Indonesia, meet with the atypical Minangkabau people. Though prevalent in some Asian societies, including in Kerala and north-eastern India, Minangkabau is one of the few Islamic communities that follows matrilineal culture and it is also the largest matrilineal society in the world.
Women own the family house and it is passed from mother to daughter. The Minangkabau represent about 3% of the Indonesian population of about 245 million, or about 7.5 million people. Contrary to the gender-selection in India, where the sex ratio has fallen to around 800 women per 1000 males in some parts of the country, here, in Western Sumatra, the inhabitants pray to the God to be blessed with a girl child as their first baby.
Published by MIG TV.