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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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Anlo Cosmology, the Senses, and Practices of Protection

Anlo Cosmology, the Senses, and Practices of Protection

(p.169) Chapter 8 Anlo Cosmology, the Senses, and Practices of Protection
Culture and the Senses

Kathryn Linn Geurts

University of California Press

This chapter addresses the argument that local sensorium affects the experience of health and illness. It tries to approach the Anlo traditional religion as a system of the body and as a set of techniques for sensory manipulation. The chapter also aims to show that definitions of personhood and engagement with other intentional persons are important to health and well-being, and are thus directly tied to or based in a cultural group's sensorium. It then examines how Anlo-speaking individuals place themselves in relation to their family, society, community, the gods, and the cosmos.

Keywords:   local sensorium, traditional religion, sensory manipulation, personhood, engagement, cultural group, cosmos, gods

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