Traditional worshiping plants from selected sacred groves of Kozhikode District, Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Botany, St. Joseph College, Devagiri, Kozhikode - 673008, Kerala, India
  • 2Department of Botany, St. Joseph College, Devagiri, Kozhikode - 673008, Kerala, India

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 6, Issue (4), Pages 7-13, April,2 (2017)

Abstract

The present paper highlights the religious importance of sacred plants, which are documented from two different sacred groves such as Kanangad kavu and Kavumkara of Kozhikode district, Kerala. During the study, there are about 20 species of plants belonging to 20 genera and 14 families were documented. The religious potentialities of these plants and their role in worshiping god/goddess were also tabulated. The present study also highlights the importance of conserving such sacred patches is an urgent need, because the changes in social belief, modernization and erosion of cultural practices are some of the major factors contributing towards degradation of the ancient institutional heritage.

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