Anlo Cosmology, the Senses, and Practices of Protection

Kathryn Linn Geurts

in Culture and the Senses

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936546 | DOI:
Anlo Cosmology, the Senses, and Practices of Protection

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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

Chapter.  13459 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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