Plant Diversity ›› 2008, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (03): 360-370.DOI: 10.3724 SP.J.1143.2008.07177

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Contribution of Mongolian O-Boo Culture and Plant Worshiping Culture to Biodiversity Conservation in Ordos Plateau

Manliang1 , 2 , ZHANG Xin-Shi1 , 3 , Surguga4   

  1. 1 College of Resources Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 , China ;
    2 College of Life Science and Technology , Inner Mongolia Normal University , Huhhot 010022 , China;
    3 Institute of Botany , Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100093 , China ;
    4 College of Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University , Beijing 100875 , China
  • Received:2007-08-22 Online:2008-06-25 Published:2008-06-25
  • Contact: Manliang


Combining methods of ethnoecology, cultural anthropology and quadrat samplings, the study aims to evaluate and analyse the contribution of Mongolian O-Boo culture and plant worshiping culture to biodiversity conservation by means of investigation, interview to informants and second-hand information collecting in Ordos Plateau. The Mongolian O-Boo culture is conserving vegetation diversity and species diversity of grassland. Mongolian O-Boo is original and natural Nature Reserve that benefit from the protection of Mongolian nomadic culture. The names of eight Mongolian names of O-Boo reflect the characteristics of original plant community in Ordos Plateau. Mongolian plant worshiping culture in Ordos Plateau includes worshiping plants used for fete activities, worshiping odd, tall and straight arbors which have odd shape, worshiping trees nearby the temple. The Chinese Pine King ( Pinus tabulaeformis) which stands on loess hill in the east of Ordos Plateau, remnant Stiffleaf Juniper ( Juniperus rigid) community in Agui Temple and in U-xin county, Shinyleaf Yellowhorn ( Xanthoceras sorbifolia) Open Forest in Genghis Khan′s Mausoleum, Savin Juniper (Juniperus sabina) community in Mu Us sandy land are subject to conservation of Mongolian plant worshiping culture .

Mongolian O-Boo culture and plant worshiping culture play a positive role in biodiversity conservation . Mongolian OBoo culture and plant worshiping culture are traditional ecological culture which are worthy of exhuming and studying , and the culture for reference using modern scientific method to study biodiversity conservation .

Key words: Mongolian nationality

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