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Culture and the SensesBodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community$
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Kathryn Linn Geurts

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520234550

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520234550.001.0001

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Is There a Sixth Sense?

Is There a Sixth Sense?

(p.3) Chapter 1 Is There a Sixth Sense?
Culture and the Senses

Kathryn Linn Geurts

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the question of whether there is a sixth sense or not, first introducing the domain of sensation and perception, and then considering the “sixth sense” as a form of balance for the five senses. It also briefly discusses the culturally specific construction of a sensorium, the five-senses model, and the taxonomy of nine sensory systems that was introduced during the nineteenth century, introducing the Anlo-Ewe, which is the focus of the study, and the study's interpretive framework and argument.

Keywords:   sixth sense, sensation, perception, sensorium, five-senses model, sensory systems, Anlo-Ewe

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