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Retrieving Intangibility to Avert Human-Driven Bio-Diversity Loss: The Case of Thathe Sacred Forest, Phiphidi Waterfalls and Lake Fundudzi, Northern South Africa

Version 1 : Received: 31 August 2021 / Approved: 2 September 2021 / Online: 2 September 2021 (11:59:07 CEST)

How to cite: Pikirayi, I.; Magoma, M. Retrieving Intangibility to Avert Human-Driven Bio-Diversity Loss: The Case of Thathe Sacred Forest, Phiphidi Waterfalls and Lake Fundudzi, Northern South Africa. Preprints 2021, 2021090035 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0035.v1). Pikirayi, I.; Magoma, M. Retrieving Intangibility to Avert Human-Driven Bio-Diversity Loss: The Case of Thathe Sacred Forest, Phiphidi Waterfalls and Lake Fundudzi, Northern South Africa. Preprints 2021, 2021090035 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202109.0035.v1).

Abstract

Human-driven biodiversity destruction are responsible for significant and sustained heritage losses in Africa. In Venda, northern South Africa, biodiversity losses are eroding the existence of sacred places. Such places define the essence of indigenous people’s identity and well-being. We highlight how developments in Venda such as mining and agricultural expansion since apartheid times have destroyed biodiversity in the broader landscape, undermining efforts to reduce hunger and poverty. Thathe forest, Lake Fundudzi and Phiphidi waterfalls are central to Venda mythology and legends, origins and identity and are key towards conserving current biodiversity and heritage losses.

Keywords

biodiversity loss; Venda; cultural landscape; myths; legends; Thathe forest; Lake Fundudzi; Phiphidi waterfalls

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