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International Journal of Plant Science and Ecology, Vol.5, No.1, Mar. 2019, Pub. Date: Apr. 17, 2019
Ethnobotanical Study of Plants Used in Muslim (Pangal/Meitei Pangal) Community Folk-Lore (Folk-Songs and Folk-Proverbs) in Manipur, India
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Authors
[01] Mohd Mustaque Ahmed, Department of Botany, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya, India.
[02] Ranee Das, Department of Botany, University of Science & Technology, Meghalaya, India.
[03] Sashin Kumar Borthakur, Department of Botany, Gauhati University, Guwahati, India.
Abstract
The logical ethnobotanical study of Muslim (Pangal/Meitei Pangal) community is about the plants used by persons of this group in their folk-lore for their usage of plants as medicines, foods, tools, socio-religious functions and cultivation of plants. The plants have been studied during a period from July, 2012 to December, 2016 at Thoubal District, Imphal East District, Imphal West District, Chandel District and Bishnupur District in Manipur state, India, by a technique of multistage sampling. The checking of plants used in folk-songs and folk-proverbs has been measured by testing of a hypothesis. It has been found that the plants used in both the variables (folk-songs and folk-proverbs) are not much different considering useful aspects of plants in different categories of medicinal (M), Food and beverages (FB), Material culture (MC), Socio-religious and cultivated aspects of plants. The test has been found to be significant because the calculated value (0.118) of Chi-square (χ2) is less than the table value (9.488). The studied plants belong to 29 families, 44 genera and 46 species.
Keywords
Ethnobotany, Folk-Songs, Folk-Proverbs, Foods, Medicines, Socio-religious, Manipur, Hypothesis, Chi-square (χ2)
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