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Title: Traditional knowledge and biodiversity conservation in the sacred groves of Meghalaya
Authors: Jeeva, S
Mishra, BP
Venugopal, N
L, Kharlukhi
Laloo, RC
Keywords: Indigenous knowledge;Meghalaya;Plant diversity;Sacred groves;Khasi tribe;Garo tribe;Jaintia tribe
Issue Date: Oct-2006
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K36/00, A61P25/00
Abstract: The people of Meghalaya believe that the sacred groves (forests) are the abode of deities. It bestows the welfare of people, their cattle & land, and keeps the evil spirits away. Those who do not obey the traditional norms of these groves may have to face the wrath of the deity. A religious belief is one of the major factors for conservation of plant resources in such groves. Local people believe that the Sylvan deities would be offended if trees are cut and twigs, flowers, fruits, etc. are plucked. These groves are considered as one of the most species-rich areas for plants, birds and mammals. The mythological stories and indigenous knowledge associated with the groves have been the principal factor in preserving the sacred groves in the immaculate condition.
Page(s): 563-568
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.05(4) [October 2006]

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