Fuochi nascosti in esperienze remote e nell'immaginario umano, tra natura e cultura

Elena Razzoli


Fire requires a deep knowledge of how to use it as a tool, without causing harm, in different geographic and weather conditions. Techniques widespread in rural economies, in agriculture, forestry and the processing of marsh grass, are interesting from the anthropological point of view, in relation to the historical evolution of environments with Mediterranean climate (what has been called the "paradox of fire"). Current demands for the protection of the landscape concerned, if the only passive protection is sufficient, to make sense of historical work on these sites once abandoned for the industrialism time. Promoting traditional ecological knowledge through anthropological research means that sustainable development or the protection of biodiversity is seen in its cultural dimension, because the problem of environmental degradation, needs solutions designed and implemented locally.

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