Plant use among the Suri people of southern Ethiopia: a system of knowledge in danger?

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Plant use among the Suri people of southern Ethiopia: a system of knowledge in danger?

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Plant use among the Suri people of southern Ethiopia: a system of knowledge in danger?
Author: Abbink,J.
Journal Title: Afrikanistische Arbeitspapiere : Schriftenreihe des Kölner Instituts für Afrikanistik
Issue: 70
Start Page: 199
End Page: 206
Publisher: Köppe,
Issue Date: 2002
Keywords: Ethiopia
Ethiopia; Suri; folk medicine; medicinal plants
southern ethiopia
Sudan
Abstract: This article summarizes some findings of research on plant names and plant use of the Suri people (more widely known by outsiders as "Surma"), a relatively isolated group of agro-pastoralists in the border area of Southwest Ethiopia and Sudan. The research was carried out as part of a long-term anthropological study on the Suri in the years 1992-1999. The most prevalent health problems of the Suri are intestinal and stomach diseases, parasites, malaria, infections and burns. For several of these afflictions the Suri have indigenous medicine and surgery. However, they are now beginning to demand modern medicine (tablets, ointments, injections) when they see that it is available. The traditional ethno-medicinal knowledge is uncritically replaced. This is not to say that all Suri traditional knowledge was healthy and effective. But the transition to "modern medicine" is made without a proper testing and investigation of the workings and the potential of the Suri plants and medical practices in use until now. Bibliogr., notes
Other Identifiers: oai:ascleiden.nl:075287668:1875
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/9476
 

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