ISBN 9789988600877
Pages 726
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations and Colour Photographs
Published 2014
Publisher Smartline Publishers, Ghana
Format Paperback

Traditional and Religious Plants of West Africa

by Daniel Kwesi Abbiw

Traditional and Religious Plants of West Africa is a collection of plant uses that appear to be based on beliefs, symbols, signs and values. Nothing like this has been attempted before for the Region since the information has been scattered in books, papers and among traditional men and women themselves. Much of this local information is in danger of being lost as traditional rural life gives way to urban living with its detachment from the countryside. The information has been compiled from literature, general observation and from original, reliably authoritative and undeniably genuine knowledge extracted from exclusive interviews with elders, medicine-men, fetish priests and witch-doctors - many though illiterate and belonging to the dying breed.This book will not only be a constant source of reference, but the text in its own right will intrigue readers. It is prepared for the general reader as well as the specialist; and for the traditionalist as well as the scientist. Hence, technical terms are kept to a minimum or where used are fully explained.

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About the Author

Daniel Kwesi Abbiw

Daniel Kwesi was appointed Curator of the Ghana Herbarium (GC) from 1972- 92, and was Research Associate from 1992-99 and Technical Advisor from 1999-2004 at the University of Ghana, Legon. From 2007-09 he was a consultant in Plant Taxonomy and Ethnobotany at Plant Medicine Co. Ltd. in Ghana. He has collected plant specimens from Togo, Benin Republic, Ivory Coast and Liberia; but more extensively from his native Ghana for Herbaria in Ghana, Africa and other parts of the world since 1960. He is commemorated by Pandanus abbiwii Huynh. Pandanaceae. Common Name: Screwpine. (symbol of longevity).