A study on Esset as a means of existence, social organization and ethnical identification for the Gurage people
AuthorHaile, Seifu Woldeyohannes
I have been working as a project coordinator for a local NGO at the Cheha Woreda of the Gurage zone. In addition, my grand families and all my relatives are living in this area. Therefore, the experience I have triggered me to conduct this study. The study focuses on an indigenous food plant, esset, and its relationship with the people; focusing in understanding the plant, its role in ethnical identity of the people and gender issues associated with it. Wesa bread, which is the main food product of the esset plant, is the staple diet for them. The leaves of the plant are used as food for the animals. The root of the plant is boiled and eaten. Some of the species of the plant contain special chemicals in their roots that can cure diseases, and some may cause abortion for women and animals as well. For this study I have used Participant observation and semi-structured interview, and found that Esset is a means of Existence for the Gurage people. All the ranks and gender roles are associated with the esset plant. Esset plays a role in the identification of the Gurage identity.
The thesis is accompanied by a film, which is not available in Munin.
PublisherUniversitetet i Tromsø
University of Tromsø
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