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About this book
About this book
African sacred groves are often described as the remains of primeval forests, ethnographic curiosities, and cultural relics from a static pre-colonial past. This book provides an understanding of these forests, examining their ecological characteristics and delineating how sacred groves relate to social dynamics and historical contexts.
Introduction by the editors; The dynamics of African sacred groves by M. Sheridan; I THE HUMAN ECOLOGY OF SACRED GROVES; The role of sacred groves in biodiversity conservation in Sierra Leone by A.Lebbie & R. Guries; The kaya forests of coastal Kenya by C. Nyamweru, S. Kibet, M. Pakia & J. A. Cooke; Sacred groves in Morocco by U. Deil, H. Culmsee & M. Berriane; II THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF SACRED GROVES; Ethiopian sacred groves by Tsehai Berhane-Selassie; Forest conservation in southern Madagascar by N. Rabesahala Horning; Arboreal monuments & memorials in Senegal by E. S. Ross; III THE SYMBOLS OF FORESTS; Loggers vs. spirits in Cote d'Ivoire by A. Gottlieb; Are sacred forests in northern Benin 'traditional conservation areas'? by U. Siebert; Archaeological perspectives on sacred groves in Ghana by G.Chouin; IV THE FUTURE OF AFRICAN SACRED GROVES; Legal recognition of customary forests in Uganda by A.Y. Banana, J. Bahati, W.Gombya-Ssembajjwe & N. Voigt; The legal status of forests in sub-Saharan Africa by L. Alden Wily.
Michael J. Sheridan is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Middlebury College; Celia Nyamweru is Associate Professor of Anthropology at St. Lawrence University
240 pages, 15 figs, 11 tabs, 3 photos
The essays in this volume provide an enlightening tour of the issues around conservation and sacred sites. AFRICAN STUDIES REVIEW This book can be a useful tool to policy makers. SACRED SITES