The transplanted Peruvian culture in Rome : An assessment through images

dc.contributor.author Matos-Soto, Yarissa K. en_US
dc.contributor.author Savo, Valentina en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-08T20:58:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-08T20:58:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Peruvian immigrants in Rome represent a large community, creating microcosms where people retain strong interpersonal and family bonds. The aim of this photo essay is to portray, through images, some of the transplanted cultural aspects of Peruvians in Rome and to define the ethno-botanical uses of plants that are still present. An ethno-botanical study was carried out during Spring and Summer 2011 in the city of Rome with Peruvian migrants established in Italy for at least 10 years. We used a snowball sampling approach visiting local markets, restaurants and churches, performing semi-structured interviews about uses of medicinal and food plants. We looked for the presence of culturally important plant species, taking note of the maintenance, replacement, incorporation and discontinuation of ethno-botanical uses. A total of 21 informants were interviewed reporting the uses of medicinal and food plant species still present in Rome. Many plants are still used for medicinal (38 species) or food purposes (35 species), while fewer plants are used as nutraceuticals (7 species). Medicinal uses described are, sometimes, associated with rituals and spiritual convictions. The relatively high number of food species still present in Rome could be interpreted by the fact that they are more easily accessible and that some are cultivated in Italy. However, informants generally prefer plants that originate from Peru even if sometimes they found fault about the quality of imported plants. Peruvian immigrants were found to attempt to adhere to their cultural identity, in the use of plants, trying to conserve their pre-migratory traditions as much as they can. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Matos-Soto YK, Savo V. 2012. The transplanted Peruvian culture in Rome: An assessment through images. Ethnobotany Research & Applications 10: 95-108. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1547-3465 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/23566
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Botany Department, University of Hawaii at Manoa en_US
dc.subject Hawaiians--Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Hawaii--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Plants, Medicinal--Periodicals. en_US
dc.subject Ethnobotany--Periodicals. en_US
dc.title The transplanted Peruvian culture in Rome : An assessment through images en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
local.identifier.alturi http://www.ethnobotanyjournal.org/vol10/i1547-3465-10-095.pdf en_US
local.identifier.callnumber DU624.65 .E84 en_US
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