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Traditional pharmacopoeias and medicines among Albanians and Italians in southern Italy: a comparison.

By Andrea Pieroni and C.L. Quave

Abstract

NoA cross-cultural comparison of traditional household remedies in primary health care and ritual healing practices in two economically and socio-demographically similar communities in Lucania (inland southern Italy) was considered: Ginestra/Zhurë, inhabited by ethnic Albanians, who migrated to the area during the 15th century, and Castelmezzano, inhabited by autochthonous South-Italians. In Ginestra/Zhurë, the number of traditional natural remedies (mainly derived from local medicinal plants) was only half of that in the local folk pharmacopoeia quoted in Castelmezzano. However, ritual magic-healing practices still play a central role among the Albanians in Ginestra/Zhurë, while they do not in Castelmezzano. Reasons for this shift, as well as components that have affected cultural adaptation phenomena and transitions among the Albanians are discussed

Topics: Europe, Plant origin, Medicinal plant, Pharmacognosy, Ethnobotany, Comparative study, Italy, Folk medicine
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.jep.2005.04.028
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/2990
Provided by: Bradford Scholars
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