Principles of Tzeltal Plant Classification  : An Introduction to the Botanical Ethnography of a Mayan-Speaking, People of Highland, Chiapas

Principles Of Tzeltal Plant Classification : An Introduction To The Botanical Ethnography Of A Mayan-Speaking, People Of Highland, Chiapas

by Brent Berlin , Dennis E. Breedlove , Peter H. Raven
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ISBN
1483220982
Pages
684 Pages
Published
Academic Press , 11.09.2013
Publisher
Academic Press
Principles of Tzeltal Plant Classification: An Introduction to the Botanical Ethnography of a Mayan-Speaking People of Highland Chiapas covers the underlying classificatory principles used by the Tzeltal to order the vast array of organisms of the plant world. The book describes the setting of the research, both from a botanical and ethnographic view; the general outline of Tzeltal plant classification and nomenclature; and the methods used to collect data. The text also discusses the rich ethnolinguistic terminology used by the Tzeltal in describing and discussing the structure of plants, referred to as ethnophytography; and the cultural significance of plants to the Tzeltal in agriculture, food types, house building, and other areas of material culture where plants and plant products are of major importance. The individual description of all known Tzeltal plant classes is also encompassed in detail. Botanists and ethnobotanists will find the book invaluable.

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