Local & Indigenous Knowledge 1
Women’s Knowledge: Traditional Medicine and Nature (Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues)
By Laurence Pourchez, 120 pp, 2011. [in French only]
The Islands of Reunión, Mauritius and Rodrigues have their own unique medical traditions that have emerged from multiple origins through a process of creolisation. This book brings to our attention the knowledge of medicinal plants and medical practices of the women of these islands, with special focus on childbirth. It also considers the place of medicinal knowledge within these evolving societies which are actively confronting the threats and opportunities that globalization poses to local identities.