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Comparative study of moisture content of some ethnobotanical plants used in the rituals of Munda tribe of Khunti district, Jharkhand

Pushpa Topno* & Kunul Kandir
University Department of Botany, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 2nd June, 2022 ; Revised : 3rd July, 2022

Abstract– Khunti is the 23rd district of Jharkhand state and it is Munda dominated district. Munda tribals are closely associated with the nature. They believe that Almighty God and Deities reside in some sacred plants. They dependent on agriculture and forestry for their livelihood. So, their all rituals and festivals are related with the plants. They celebrate many rituals like naming ceremony of a child, marriage, death rituals and festivals like Mage, Phagu, Baa parab, Batauli, Her Puna, Karam, Sohrai and Kodeleta etc. Some common plants like Shorea robusta Gaert., Semecarpus anacardium L., Haldina cordifolia (Roxb.), Cynodon dactylon L., Eleusine coracana L. and Plumeria acutifolia Poir etc. are used in the rituals of Munda tribe. Present study deals with the comparison of moisture content of two plants.

Key words: Rituals, Festivals, Munda, Moisture content and Khunti.

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