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Culture and the Senses: Bodily Ways of Knowing in an African Community

Kathryn Linn Geurts


This book investigates the cultural meaning system and resulting sensorium of Anlo-Ewe-speaking people in southeastern Ghana. It was discovered that the five-senses model has little relevance in Anlo culture, where balance is a sense, and balancing (in a physical and psychological sense as well as in literal and metaphorical ways) is an essential component of what it means to be human. Much of perception falls into an Anlo category of seselelame (literally feel-feel-at-flesh-inside), in which what might be considered sensory input, including the Western sixth-sense notion of “intuition,” comes ... More

Keywords: cultural meaning system, Anlo-Ewe, southeastern Ghana, five-senses model, balance, balancing, seselelame, intuition, cultural traditions

Bibliographic Information

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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Kathryn Linn Geurts, author

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