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[Plants and traditional medicine in southeast Madagascar].

Authors
  • Beaujard, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1988
Volume
23
Issue
2-3
Pages
165–265
Identifiers
PMID: 3193788
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper makes a first inventory of plants used by the medicine-men of the South-East of Madagascar (Tanala and Antemoro regions). The heirs - directly or indirectly - to an esoteric "moslem" knowledge which has been transmitted since the XVth century by the aristocratic islamized groups, the medicine-men are also the possessors of a knowledge which has been acquired by the autochthonous groups, that are said "masters of the earth" (commoners). Some divergences in the respective practices of the Tanala and Antemoro medicine-men seem to be connected with differences in the social structure and in the links between society and the environment.

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