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Title: Names, Use and Attributes of Plants and Animals among the Ituri Forest Foragers: A Comparative Ethnobotanical and Ethnozoological Study
Authors: TERASHIMA, Hideaki
Keywords: Efe
Tropical rain forest
Plant names
Animal names
Plant use
Animal attributes
Original Pygmy language
Issue Date: Nov-2003
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African study monographs. Supplementary issue.
Volume: 28
Start page: 7
End page: 24
Abstract: Ethnobotanical and ethnozoological surveys have been conducted from the 1970s among Ituri forest hunter-gatherers, the Mbuti and Efe, revealing interesting points on the relationships between the hunter-gatherers and the flora and fauna. In this paper, names, use and attributes given to plants and animals by the foragers are described and compared. Although the Efe and the Mbuti use completely diiferent languages now, not a few names, uses and attributes of plants and animals are common to both groups. It has become clear that the use of plants and attributes given to animals are more durable than the names in the transition of their culture through contact with farmers. The common names, uses and attributes may suggest the existence of original Pygmy words and plant and animal culture in the Ituri forest.
DOI: 10.14989/68429
Appears in Collections:28 (Recent Advances in Central African Hunter- Gatherer Research)

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