Vietnamese village matriarch

Matriarch Da Lat, Vietnam, 2010.

“This photograph was taken in a small village, comprising of about 20 families, and having no running water or electricity, located at the top of a mountain in South Vietnam. Upon trekking there, our guide informed us that the village was completely matriarchal, and the woman in the photograph was the head of the village. She possessed a quiet authority, and seemed unfazed by our tourist group of five. It was quite new, to see the woman of the house sitting on the only chair, while her husband sat on his haunches beside her!

Photo submitted by Asmita Ghosh.

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