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Borrowed Gods and Foreign BodiesChristian Missionaries Imagine Chinese Religion$
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Eric Reinders

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520241718

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520241718.001.0001

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The Other Smells

The Other Smells

(p.170) Chapter 11 The Other Smells
Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Eric Reinders

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the difference in the smell or body odor of the Chinese people and the Western missionaries and converts. It explains that higher meat and alcohol content in the Western diet was the cause of the difference in odor. It suggests that though the smell of Westerners is normally beyond the historiographic radar, smell surely conditioned social interactions in a number of ways.

Keywords:   smell, body odor, Chinese people, Western missionaries, meat, alcohol, social interactions

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