THE POPULAR KNOWLEDGE, IN THE CARIRÉ CITY, CEARÁ, ABOUT INSECTS

Ana Carolina Brasileiro Melo, Frede Lima Araujo, Joaquim Evando Freire, Petrônio Emanuel Timbó Braga

Abstract


http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/2179460X14997

Insects have always maintained relationship with the man during their history, either in a positive or negative form, being generated knowledge about this group through contact, observation or orality. This study aimed to verify the ethnoentomological knowledge of the population in the city of Cariré, state of Ceará, Brazil, in order to establish a comparison between local and scientific knowledge. The study was conducted between the months May and July of 2013, through the application of interviews semi-structured of 49 residents, aged over 18. Regarding eating habits, is especially observed the consumption of tanajura ant (Atta sp.), through its abdomen, fried or in natura. The species was also indicated for the treatment of sore throats. Honey bees (Hymenoptera) was cited, both feed form, as use for treating flu, coughs and sore throat, practice scientifically proven by literature. Questions about playful and mystical activities involving these animals were also addressed, the last one is mainly linked to the question of luck and weather forecasts related to seasonal changes.


Keywords


Ethnobiology. Entomology. Perceptions.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.5902/2179460X14997

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