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A Tentative Study on the Folk "Sacred Hill" Tradition and Its Impact on Community Ecology

SHI Xiao-chun1, ZHOU Hong2, (1. Yunnan Gaoligong National Nature Preserve Zone, Baoshan, Yunnan, 678000, China; 2. School of Life Sciences, Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, 650091,China,)  
The "Sacred Hills" are natural woods that are under protection by hill-dwelling minorities as an object of worship or for reasons of tradition. Most of such hills have various ecological functions and are significant in preserving bio-diversity. Two villages in Gaoligong National Nature Preserve Zone, Datianpo and Baihuoling, have carried out successful ecological education among community members in their respective "Sacred Hills". The "communal management of Sacred Hills" that they practice is a highly recommendable method for environment protection.
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