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Title:Ritual Territories as Local Heritage? Discourse on Disruptions in Society and Nature in Maane, Burkina Faso
Author:Luning, Sabine
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Burkina Faso
religious rituals
environmental degradation
social change
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The issue of nature as local heritage refers to temporalities: the transmission of a valued common good over time, as well as the assessment of causes leading to degradation of the natural environment. How are such ideas shaped in local discourse and practices in the Moose chiefdom of Maane? This article focuses on the creation, development and main features of the ritual territories of earth priests over time. A pessimistic discourse on the present environmental situation connects the degradation of the land to processes of social erosion: loss of knowledge and morals. Is this degradation considered to be a recent phenomenon, or is it inherent in the passage of time at whatever moment in the history of Maane? Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]