Traditional use ofCurcuma Longa (Zingiberaceae) in Rotuma

@article{Mcclatchey2008TraditionalUO,
  title={Traditional use ofCurcuma Longa (Zingiberaceae) in Rotuma},
  author={Will Mcclatchey},
  journal={Economic Botany},
  year={2008},
  volume={47},
  pages={291-296}
}
The ritual production and usage of the powder produced from the rhizomes of Curcuma longa L., on the tropical Polynesian island of Rotuma, prior to European contact was integral in every aspect of life, from birth to death and possibly held religious significance. The orange powder called “mena” was formerly produced on a large scale involving entire villages and several months of preparation. The mena (dry powder) and a paint (powder mixed with coconut oil) were used medicinally both… 
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