Traditional pharmacopoeias and medicines among Albanians and Italians in southern Italy: A comparison

A. Pieroni, C.L. Quave

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A cross-cultural comparison of traditional household remedies in primary health care and ritual healing practices in two economically and socio-demographically similar communities in Lucania (inland southern Italy) was considered: Ginestra/Zhurë, inhabited by ethnic Albanians, who migrated to the area during the 15th century, and Castelmezzano, inhabited by autochthonous South-Italians. In Ginestra/Zhurë, the number of traditional natural remedies (mainly derived from local medicinal plants) was only half of that in the local folk pharmacopoeia quoted in Castelmezzano. However, ritual magic-healing practices still play a central role among the Albanians in Ginestra/Zhurë, while they do not in Castelmezzano. Reasons for this shift, as well as components that have affected cultural adaptation phenomena and transitions among the Albanians are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-270
JournalJournal of Ethnopharmacology
Issue number39508
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • new-york-city
  • iberian peninsula
  • pharmaceutical ethnobotany
  • ethnopharmacological survey
  • pallars pyrenees
  • special emphasis
  • central anatolia
  • folk traditions
  • plant knowledge
  • herbal medicine

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