Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sandalwood and CarrionSmell in Indian Religion and Culture$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James McHugh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 04 August 2020

Lotus, Fish, and Cows

Lotus, Fish, and Cows

The Smellscape of Traditional South Asia

Chapter:
(p.61) 3 Lotus, Fish, and Cows
Source:
Sandalwood and Carrion
Author(s):

James McHugh

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916306.003.0003

If the fundamental smells were often thought to be “good smell” and “bad smell,” what are typical examples of these as represented in South Asian texts, and how do these odors and odorants relate to other systems of value and to social hierarchies? This chapter examines a number of sources that describe smells, including typologies of elephants and a text on prognostication through the smell of semen. Taking a number of prominent cases such as the smell of lotus and the smell of earth the chapter discusses the greater religious and cultural implications of some of the most frequently mentioned smells. In introducing many fundamental features of the smell world of Sanskrit texts, this chapter also provides a foundation for much of the material in the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   smell, odor, lotus, elephant, smellscape

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .