The Other Smells

Eric Reinders

in Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241718
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931084 | DOI:
The Other Smells

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This chapter discusses the difference in the smell or body odor of the Chinese people and the Western missionaries and converts. It explains that higher meat and alcohol content in the Western diet was the cause of the difference in odor. It suggests that though the smell of Westerners is normally beyond the historiographic radar, smell surely conditioned social interactions in a number of ways.

Keywords: smell; body odor; Chinese people; Western missionaries; meat; alcohol; social interactions

Chapter.  1990 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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