Existing Condition and Utilization of Sotetsubate, Fields with Cycas Hedges in Amami-Oshima

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  • 奄美大島における「ソテツバテ」(蘇鉄畑)の空間構成とその利用に関する研究


The field surrounded in the hedge of the cycas called “Sotetsubate, fields with cycas” is in Amami-Oshima. The cycas has deep involvement in a life and culture of Amami-Oshima. This research clarifies history of utilization, then arranging the present condition of the form of the cycas utilization. Especially, grasped the existing condition of “Sotetsubate”. Research sample regions are Kasari and two areas of Kominato where “Sotetsubate” exists in Amami-Oshima. The differences between Kasari and Kominato, such as location and fronting on the road and among small things, were able to observe the deference in the scale of farmlands, utilization, and the composition of the hedge. On the other hand, the frequency of appearance of the cycas of the hedges is very high, the cycas was using variously for the leaf, the trunk, and the seed since modern times, it was common that a part of these utilization is existing, and it became clear that the cycas was a familiar existence still now.


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