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Anthropological Methods

To get a broad overview of the cultural importance of the plants and the cultural context of their uses, anthropological methods were applied:

  1. Participant observation
  2. Open-ended and semi-structured interviews
  3. Visual documentation (photo and video)

All local plant names as well as names of rituals, objects, geographical places etc. were recorded on tape.

As an example, listen to the Dumbu of Lanman Village specifying plants used by himself during various rituals.

 
9/06/10