African Sacred Groves
Ecological Dynamics and Social Change
Edited by Michael J. Sheridan
African sacred groves are often described as the remains of primeval forests, ethnographic curiosities, and cultural relics from a static pre-colonial past. Their continuing importance in African societies, however, shows that this ‘relic theory’ is inadequate for understanding current social and ecological dynamics.
This interdisciplinary book, by an international group of scholars and conservation practitioners, provides a new understanding of these forests, examining their ecological characteristics and delineating how sacred groves relate to social dynamics and historical contexts.