Abe (Oil Palm); Introduction and Conclusion
by Phil Bartle, PhD
The Rain Forest; On the Kwawu Escarpment.
In my Three Souls paper, I talked about red being associated with women's things, and white associated with men's things. So, too, with the abe. Some things about it may be neutral (eg baskets), but the two major products from it, the oil from its kernels (red, female) and the sap from its trunk (white, male), are clearly set in the colour cosmography. Let us look.
Oil Palm (Elaeis Guinnesis Jacq)
This paper got too long, so I have split it into several portions: on farming and oil extraction, on tapping palm wine, on marketing palm wine, and other products of the oil palm tree. Click on the picture below to go to each of those.
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The abe has thirty (many, uncountable) uses.
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