Research Update: The Mythic and Medicinal Properties of Plants among the Mopan Maya of Belize
research update, plants, medicine
In late July and early August of 2014, Dr. Kerry Hull and I braved the sweltering heat of the Central American rainforest to collect ethnobotanical data among the Mopan Maya of Belize. We lived and worked in the small village of San José in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, a community that has maintained a traditional household reliance on the forest for food, health, and medicinal purposes for countless generations. For those unfamiliar with the discipline, ethnobotany is the study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and the ways plants are used for medical, religious, and other purposes.
Original Publication Citation
“The Mythic and Medicinal Properties of Plants among the Mopan Maya of Belize.”Research Report, Religious Education Review, Fall 2015
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hull, Kerry and Wright, Mark Alan, "Research Update: The Mythic and Medicinal Properties of Plants among the Mopan Maya of Belize" (2015). Faculty Publications. 4317.
Religious Education Review