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On the meaning of ritual plant use: Ethnobotanical investigations on biocultural diversity in Muli (Sichuan, Southwest China)

Titel Englisch On the meaning of ritual plant use: Ethnobotanical investigations on biocultural diversity in Muli (Sichuan, Southwest China)
Gesuchsteller/in Weckerle Caroline
Nummer 118635
Förderungsinstrument Marie Heim-Voegtlin Beiträge
Forschungseinrichtung Institut für Systematische Botanik und Botanischer Garten Universität Zürich
Hochschule Universität Zürich - ZH
Hauptdisziplin Botanik
Beginn/Ende 01.10.2007 - 31.01.2010
Bewilligter Betrag 148'685.00
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Botanik
Ethnologie

Keywords (6)

biocultural diversity; China; Ethnobotany; Incense; Ritual plants; smoke-analysis

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The present project aims at conducting ethnobotanical research in the Muli Tibetan Autonomous Region, at the Himalayan foothills of Southwest China. Muli is remarkable for both its cultural richness as well as its biological diversity. Daily life of the local people and their interaction with the environment are shaped by a continuous negotiation with various local deities. The use of ritual plants, often in the form of incense, plays an important role for human well being, both to maintain good relationships with the deities and to cure diseases. First, a comparative ethnobotanical study among different ethnic groups in Muli is planned, based on their use of ritual plants. Second, the continuum between the ritual and medicinal use of incense plants is investigated and a rationale for their use as medicine is aimed, based on the analysis of volatile compounds of the smoke and the cultural meaning of ritual plants.
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