Yams - Yams Malaria and Harvest Festivals"Yam Belt of sub-Saharan Africa = area of endemic malaria Over 100 different ethnolinguistic groups found

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Yams, Malaria, and Harvest Festivals "Yam Belt" of sub-Saharan Africa = area of endemic malaria Over 100 different ethnolinguistic groups found here, differing greatly in linguistic affiliation, culture, and sociopolitical organization (village-level to small kingdoms) One cultural institution cuts through that diversity: rituals and beliefs surrounding cultivation and harvest of yams In particular, almost all groups here celebrate an annual harvest ceremony (New Yam Festival), which is preceded for several weeks by a complete ban on yam consumption Beliefs vary, but all share notion that if someone violates the preharvest taboo on yam eating, great harm will befall them Prohibition period determined by priests or chiefs each year; falls in rainy season, time of relative hunger; festival date sometime in June-Oct Purpose of pre-festival yam consumption taboo is not conservation, since it applies even to already harvested yams Rainy season also happens to be time of maximal malaria ( Anopheles
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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Yams - Yams Malaria and Harvest Festivals"Yam Belt of sub-Saharan Africa = area of endemic malaria Over 100 different ethnolinguistic groups found

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