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Aroma breaks the 'olfactory silence' of modernity by offering the first comprehensive exploration of the cultural role of odours in Western history - from antiquity to the present - and in a wide variety of non-Western societies. Its topics range from the medieval concept of the 'odour of sanctity' to the aroma-therapies of South America, and from olfactory stereotypes of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 15th 1994 by Routledge (first published November 24th 1994)
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Alina D.
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Roses, musk, incense and myrrh--smells have always been associated with magic, healing and sexual power. Yet what is experienced as fragrant varies dramatically from one culture to the other and from one epoch to the next. This study uncovers the secret history of smells: from the perfumed banquets of ancient Greece to "the stench of the city in medieval times", from the sweet "odor of sanctity" to the latest in designer fragrances.
It is indeed a must-read if you think smell is as important as
May 19, 2008 rated it liked it
Ternyata, waktu zaman Yunani Kuno, tamu yang datang berkunjung ke rumah bangsawan tidak disuguhi makanan atau minuman, melainkan parfum. Jadi, kalau kita datang bertamu, setelah dipersilakan duduk maka sang tuan rumah akan bertanya: "mau menghirup parfum apa....?"
Alexandra Sundarsingh
Classen et al. work to demonstrate the variable and changing importance of scent throughout time and around the world. While I felt the anthropological sections were more descriptive than analytical, certainly an important contribution to a small but growing field.
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