Local Myths in Relation to the Natural Environment of Dogu’a Tembien

  • Seifu Gebreslassie
  • Sil LanckrietEmail author
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The natural environment, from rocks and landscapes to animals and plants, often provides key elements of local myths. In Dogu’a Tembien, it is omnipresent in myths and storytelling, testifying to the deep respect the local population holds for their surroundings and the natural world in general. This chapter explores some local myths in relation to the natural environment of Dogu’a Tembien.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EthioTrees AssociationHagere Selam, TigrayEthiopia

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