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The botanical garden Verger dreams of never comes to fruition, but today it is enough to look at the piece of land surrounding his house, the current seat of the Pierre Verger Foundation, to notice that in its small space Verger managed to include the essential.
Wherever he went he was interested in plants and never hesitated to ask for cuttings. In Africa, Verger collects information about 3, plants used by the Yoruba, of which about are known in Brazil under their African name.
Verger then makes a discovery of prime importance: " plants work in synergy, in combination with each other ". With only little space available, Verger gathers the plants to study them before donating them. In , he gives 1, specimens to the Natural History Museum in Paris. His first writings on the subject are published in the late s, especially looking at the memorizing of the use of plants through liturgical verses and at the plants classification system established by the Yoruba.
It presents 2, recipes based on leaves, barks, seeds, fruits, flowers and roots used for the most diverse ends: skin problems, impotence, lack of money, nightmares In addition to the identification of the plants with the formulas, in both Yoruba and French languages, Verger provides the words that must be pronounced during the rituals, a fundamental point in Yoruba liturgy.
Nature is always present during the ceremony. Pierre Fatumbi Verger. Research Main Works Detailed bibliography Audiovisual. About us. Purpose and History Staff Board of Directors. Monthly Newsletters Happening Now About the Cultural Center. Presentation History Contacts and adress Funding.
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