Below is a list of words and the stipulative definitions as used on this site. As new ones come up we’ll try to keep it updated, but there might be some delay every so often, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes.
Agriculture– A generalized form of cultivation that is characterized by monocropping
Animism – A belief commonly associated with shamanism that holds all things as possessing life.
Anti-fungal – Herbal action. Destroys or inhibits the growth of fungi such as Athletes Foot
Anti-inflammatory – Herbal action. Reduces inflammation
Antioxidant – Herbal action. A substance thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation.
Anti-parasitic – Herbal action. Destroys or inhibits the growth and reproduction of parasites such as scabies
Antiseptic – Herbal action. Prevents the growth of microorganisms on living tissue and prevents decay.
Astringent – Herbal action. Tightens mucous membranes and skin
Clan– A group of communities with a shared “ancestor” community (i.e. when a community becomes sufficiently large to split into two smaller communities, those communities are considered a clan)
Civilization – Any culture characterized by growth, large numbers of people, and agriculture.
Collapse – The state after a civilization has crashed
Crash – The process by which a civilization is reduced
Cultivation – Encouraging the growth of favored foods
Culture – A group of people that share a common language, religion, way of life, and beliefs about the world
Community– A group of people living together in a self-sufficient, sustainable society
Demulcent – Herbal action. Coats, soothes, and protects body surface, such as the mucous membranes
Diuretic – Herbal action. Increases the excretion of urine.
Forager – A way of obtaining food that is not encouraged by human action
Guild – A group of people from a variety of communities who share a similar profession and choose to work together to provide training, share information, and maintain knowledge
Hierarchy – A method of organizing people and groups of people in which some people or groups of people have authority over the actions of other people or groups of people
Horticulture– A general term referring to methods of cultivation that do not involve monocropping
Meme – An infectious idea, concept, or belief
Mythology – The stories and living history of a culture that they pass down to the younger generation
Permaculture – A form of horticulture concentrating on purposefully creating an ecosystem relying on established knowledge of inter-plant relationships
Religion – A system of beliefs that deal with the non-material
Rhizome – A network of people or groups of people that are equally connected to one another
Shamanism – A general catch-all term for the beliefs of indigenous peoples that often deal with using an altered state of consciousness as a main aspect of religious ritual
Tribe – A group of people that support and work together to maintain themselves and their quality of life