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Journal of Entomological Research
Year : 2019, Volume : 43, Issue : 3
First page : ( 325) Last page : ( 336)
Print ISSN : 0378-9519. Online ISSN : 0974-4576.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4576.2019.00060.4

Cultural aspects of insect diversity among the ethnic tribes of Dima Hasao district, Assam

Langthasa Sabina*, Teron Robindra, Tamuli Ajit K.

Department of Life Science & Bioinformatics, Assam University -Diphu Campus, Diphu-782 462, Karbi Anglong, Assam, India

*Corresponding author's present address: Village - Dibarai, PO - Haflong, Dima Hasao District - 788 819, Assam, India; sabinalangthasa@gmail.com

Online published on 12 November, 2019.

Abstract

The present study emphasizes on the cultural aspects of insect diversity among the ethnic tribes of Dima Hasao district, Assam. The study was conducted from March, 2014 to September, 2018 among the ethnic groups. Data was collected following group discussion and semi-structured interview methods among the villagers from different parts of the district. The study revealed the variations in cultural significance of insect diversity among the ethnic groups. Uses varied from food to commercial products. Total 182 species of insects were recorded belonging to 11 orders, 138 genera and 46 families. Out of these, 71 species as food, 38 species as medicine and 54 species of insects in other cultural aspects have been recorded. Traditional knowledge of the ethnic tribes is an indispensable tool for documenting the insect diversity of the region.

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Keywords

Aspects, Cultural, Dima Hasao, Diversity, Ethnic tribes, Insects.

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