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Ethnobotanical Wisdom of Khasis (Hynniew Treps) of Meghalaya

S.K. Borthakur (Author) Ayesha Ashraf Ahmed (Author)
Synopsis The book Ethnobotanical Wisdom of Khasis (Hynniew Treps) of Meghalaya is unique in several ways. It deals with the plant resources of that region of India which is recognized as one of the centers of biological diversity on the earth. The people, the Khasis, about which the present work deals with have not only developed their own culture based on available natural resources giving rise to a distinctive cultural identity but also develop a long-standing relationship with these resources. This not only sustains the community with a strong base of Indigenous Knowledge System (IKS) but also protects the bioresources through preservation of sacred groves. All these are rarely found in combination elsewhere to make an area rich in ethnobotany. It is for the first time that in northeastern India with rich floristic and ethnic diversity, a holistic approach to ethnobotany of a community/area has been made. The book sets certain milestones with inclusion of several facets of ethnobotany hitherto not dealt in published ehtnobotanical works in India. This book deals with 577 species of plants and documentation of first-hand information on their diverse usages by the Khasis. The presentation categorized the different aspects of ethnobotany and narrowed down to project the total interrelationship of the Khasis and their ambient plant resources. Numerous hitherto unrecorded usages of plants discovered during intensive field work, have also been described in the book. The book in addition to provide a complete ethnobotanical profile of the Khasis will also introduce the ethnobotanical researches and students to new areas of study and help to appreciate the linkages of the subject with other disciplines.
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About the authors

S.K. Borthakur

S.K. Borthakur, Ph.D., F.B.S., F.E.S. is Professor, Department of Botany, Gauhati University and is well-known field botanist of India. He is particularly known for his ethnobotanical and floristic works in north-eastern India. He has published more than 70 research papers in India and beyond, several popular articles and two books. Worthy of special mention is his books-Illustrated Manual of Ferns of Assam. He has attended a number of national and international conferences in India and abroad. Several scholars have obtained their M.Phil and Ph.D. degree under the guidance of Dr. Borthakur. He is recipient of S.K. Jain Medal of Society of Ethnobotanists in 1998 and act as member of several national and international professional bodies and editorial board of journals.

Ayesha Ashraf Ahmed

Mrs. A.A. Ahmed, MSc., Ph.D., a senior faculty member, Department of Botany, Shillong College, Shillong, did her doctoral work on the Ethnobotany of the Khasis of Meghalaya. She has done extensive ethnobotanical field work among the Khasis and the Jaintias. She has published a number of research papers in journals published from the country and abroad. Dr. Ahmed is fellow of several professional bodies and active member of various national and international associations.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ethnobotanical Wisdom of Khasis (Hynniew Treps) of Meghalaya
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121104343
length l+305p., Plates; Figures; Tabpes; Maps; Index; 24cm.