December 1, 2011
Conspectus of World Ethnomycology: Fungi in Ceremonies, Crafts, Diets, Medicines, and Myths surveys the folk usage of fungi worldwide from the perspective of a specialist in germplasm conservation and research. It catalogs the scientific names of fungi used for food, medicine, and other miscellaneous applications by indigenous peoples, peasant farmers, hunter-gatherers, and others commonly referred to as “folk” in ethnographic literature. Synopses are provided of the most important groups and species of fungi used for food or medicine or in craft production on each habitable continent or major geographic region, and a sampling of folklore pertinent to fungi in each such region is given. Multiple examples are provided of the cultivation or harvest of edible or medicinal fungi, especially when such activities sustain seasonally employed or underemployed people, such as Roma in Europe, certain immigrant groups in North America, and peasant farmers in various geographic regions. Conspectus of World Ethnomycology: Fungi in Ceremonies, Crafts, Diets, Medicines, and Myths includes the following sections: The Present Scope of Ethnomycology: From Entheogens to Biotechnology; Ethnomycological Knowledge in the Premodern Western Tradition: The Herb-wives of Reformation Europe as Midwives to the Birth of Mycology; Europe and the Mediterranean; Asia and the Pacific; Sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; North America. Author Frank Dugan also guides readers to literature cited for in situ and ex situ sources of fungal germplasm and to broader appreciation of folk uses of fungi and other anthropological aspects involving the fungal kingdom.
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©2011; 160 pages; 7" x 10" softcover; 18 color images; 9 black and white figures; ISBN 978-0-89054-395-5; Item No. 43955
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