Plant Diversity ›› 2015, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (05): 647-654.DOI: 10.7677/ynzwyj201515010

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Ethnobotany of Mangroves among Jing People’s Folks

 DU  Qin, HUI  Wen-Meng, MI  Dong-Qing   

  1. College of Tourism, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin, Guangxi 541004, China
  • Received:2015-01-21 Online:2015-09-25 Published:2015-03-25
  • Supported by:

    教育部人文社会科学研究青年基金项目 “京族红树林民族植物学知识的收集、整理与研究”(13YJCZH034);国家社科基金青年项目 (10CMZ011)


Mangrove plants are closely connected with folk customs of Jing ethnic group, and it is one of the symbols of Jing people as marine people. However, rapid economic development and globalization have brought about critical challenges to the cultural traditions of Jing people, and traditional knowledge of mangroves is being lost among Jing ethnic group. To protect folk customs on mangroves of Jing people, we have conducted a series of surveys on mangrove plants which have been used for folk customs of Jing people via ethnobotanical and taxonomical methods. The results showed that there were 14 mangrove plant species used in Jing people’s traditional folk customs. Four species of mangrove plants were used for religious belief, 11 species used in social customs and 7 species for material customs. Avicennia marina, Acanthus ilicifolius and Rhizophora stylosa are with the highest relationship with folk customs for Jing people. Our research can provide more comprehensive interpretation for characteristic on marine culture of Jing people, and improve the knowledge on ethnobotany of mangroves.

Key words: Plants for folk customs, Management of mangrove forest, Ha festival, Marine culture, Beibu Gulf

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