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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

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

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520234550.003.0008

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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