Earth, Wind, Foul and Fragrant

James McHugh

in Sandalwood and Carrion

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916306
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980260 | DOI:
Earth, Wind, Foul and Fragrant

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The theory of olfaction was relatively similar in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain philosophies: odor is either good or bad, and consists of particles carried to the nose by the wind. The place of smell in the hierarchies of the senses these traditions commonly used, however, varied greatly. This chapter explores these commonalities and differences in South Asian sense-theory and, building on the work of John Clayton, proposes that dialogue between religious traditions not only marks difference, but also leads to convergence in certain cases.

Keywords: olfaction; odor; philosophy; senses; classification

Chapter.  18767 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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