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Economic Botany Section

Paudyal, Sushil [1], Ghimire, Govind P. S. [2].

Plants used in religious ceremonies by Tharu culture in Dang Valley (Nepal).

The Tharu people are currently scattered along the southern foothills of the Himalayas and have lived in the Dang Valley in western Nepal since the early 14th century. Rich cultural heritage held by the Tharu is a combination of that brought with them, acquired from other cultures in the Dang Valley, and indigenous practices that evolved over generations. During an ethnobotanical study carried out in eleven Tharu settlements, a total of 213 plant species were reported as being currently used in different areas of Tharu culture including food, medicine, religious practice and household activities. In this poster, we present the plants used in religious ceremonies by the Tharu people. Different plant parts namely leaves, flowers, fruits and even whole plants are used in the religious ceremonies. Plants are either worshipped as deities or are considered sacred and are offered to deities. Raw plant parts or special preparations of plant parts may be used as offerings.

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1 - Old Dominion University, Biological Sciences, 110 Mills Godwin Building, W 45th Street, Norfolk, VA, 23529, USA
2 - Tribhuvan University, Central Department of Botany, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ceremonial plants
Traditional Knowledge.

Presentation Type: Poster:Posters for Sections
Session: P
Location: Grand Salon A - D/Riverside Hilton
Date: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM
Number: PEN006
Abstract ID:861
Candidate for Awards:Economic Botany Section best poster

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