Matriarchal societies are egalitarian and characterized by non-hierarchical social structures. Their economic values are based on balance and solidarity, and private as well as political decisions are always made by consensus. Thus, matriarchy is anything but the mere inversion of patriarchy. The matriarch, as the head of the family, gives instruction and advice. In doing so, she does not hold commanding power, but rather enjoys a natural authority. For this role, she needs intelligence, leadership talent, integrative skills, as well as economic, political, familial and spiritual competencies.
In the impressive photo volume, 'Matriarchinnen' the Austrian photographer Maria HAAS, gathers photo documentations from China, India and Indonesia.
Due to the great interest, the photo book 'Matriarchinnen' by Maria HAAS was sold out quickly, a new edition is not planned yet.