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Title: Divine botany-universal and useful but under explored traditions
Authors: Jain, SK
Kapoor, SL
Keywords: Divine botany;Sacred plants;Scriptures;Constellations;Nakshatras
Issue Date: Jul-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.⁸: A61K36/00, A61P25/00
Abstract: The study of all relationships between man and plant based on faith, belief and tradition concerning gods, goddesses, saints & other such powers can be called Divine botany. There are three aspects; the knowledge and information contained in the ancient religious books and epics of various faiths; the beliefs and practices as presently observed or performed among various ethnic group, and the future prospects and possibility in this area of botany. The paper has a brief account of faith related to plant in epics like Ramayan and Mahabharat, in religious scriptures like Bible and Quran & plants associated with planets, stars, Vastu-shastra, practices relating to plants in worship and decoration of deities, taboos and plants in various ceremonies, festivals and rites from birth to death. It is discussed that such a faith belief and practice have scientific basis and is helpful for good health and preservation of biodiversity. It is also suggested that the subject is not static but due to changes in biodiversity, human attitude to tradition and introduction of many exotics in various parts of the world, there is dynamism in this relationship. The future prospects and immense possibilities of the subject are indicated.
Page(s): 534-539
ISSN: 0972-5938
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.06(3) [July 2007]

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