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Comparative Survey of Entomophagy and Entomotherapeutic Practices in Six Tribes of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh (India)

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Title
Comparative Survey of Entomophagy and Entomotherapeutic Practices in Six Tribes of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh (India)
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Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, July 2013
DOI 10.1186/1746-4269-9-50
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Jharna Chakravorty, Sampat Ghosh, V Benno Meyer-Rochow

Abstract

A consolidated list of edible insects used in the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh (N.E. India) by Wangcho (Wancho) and Nocte tribes of the Tirap District and the Shingpo, Tangsa, Deori and Chakma of the Changlang District has been prepared. The list is based on thorough, semi-structured field-interviews with 20 informants of each tribal group. At least 51 insect species, belonging to 9 orders were considered edible. The largest number of the edible species belonged to the Coleoptera (14), followed by 10 each of the Orthoptera and Hymenoptera, 9 of the Hemiptera, 3 Lepidoptera, 2 Isoptera and one each of Ephemeroptera, Odonata and Mantodea. As far as therapeutic uses of insects are concerned, 4 species (Hemiptera) were mentioned by the Wangcho (Wancho). Food insects are chosen by members of the various tribes according to traditional beliefs, taste, regional and seasonal availability of the insects. Depending on the species, only certain, but sometimes all, developmental stages are consumed. Preparation of the food insects for consumption involves mainly roasting or boiling. With the degradation of natural resources, habitat loss, rapid population growth, and increasing 'westernization' , the traditional wisdom of North-East Indian tribals related to insect uses is at risk of being lost.

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Unknown 119 99%

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 21 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 14%
Researcher 13 11%
Student > Postgraduate 8 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 7%
Other 26 22%
Unknown 27 23%
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Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 28%
Environmental Science 12 10%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 5%
Social Sciences 6 5%
Engineering 5 4%
Other 28 23%
Unknown 29 24%