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Title: Ethnoveterinary practices and socio-cultural values associated with animal husbandry in rural Sunderbans, West Bengal
Authors: Das, Samares Kumar
Tripathi, Hema
Keywords: Ethnoveterinary practices
Folk rhymes
Socio-cultural values
Animal husbandry
Issue Date: Apr-2009
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8: A61K36/00, A61P19/02, A61P27/00, A61P27/02, A61P29/00, A61P31/02
Abstract: The study was undertaken to explore, understand and document the livestock and livelihood related social realities and their interlinkages in rural societies of Sundarbans. Four case studies were conducted in 4 purposively selected distinct villages under 4 blocks of Sundarbans. It was found that the rural inhabitants of study villages still had a traditional way of living though the impact of urbanisation was also visible in material culture and other aspects of life. Villagers invariably resorted to ethnoveterinary practices to get rid of the common ailments in the first place by themselves followed by fellow villagers having better knowledge in those practices. Few well recognised occupational ethnoveterinarians were found across the study villages. Ethnoveterinary practices were followed in paschimi / tuntiphola in cattle; foot and mouth diseases or other type of sore in cattle, buffalo, sheep and goat; delayed expulsion of placenta, abortion and dystokia in cow; pox in duck and chicken; loose faeces in cattle, goat and chicken; sprain or strain; cataract in the eye of cattle, etc. Importance of livestock in lives of local people in Sundarbans could indirectly be traced out from folk rhymes /games, festivals exist in the society and from behaviour of animals’ owners towards their stock. Mention of duck, chicken, meat, buffalo and sheep/goat were noticed in some folk rhymes chanted by the children folk while playing various indigenous games and plays across the study villages.
Page(s): 201-205
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.08(2) [April 2009]

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