Fostering relatedness to the environment through ritual plant use: daily practices in a Tibetan community in Southwest China

Caroline S. Weckerle, University of Zurich

The foothills of the Eastern Himalayas are well known for their rich biocultural diversity. They are thus valuable for research on interrelatedness of people with their biodiversity-rich environment and traditional plant knowledge. As part of the Tibetan cultural area, people in the eastern Himalayas largely perform a traditional lifestyle with subsistence agriculture and Tibetan Buddhism at its core. We show here how people communicate and integrate with their environment through their daily religious practices and the specific use of ritual plants.