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The Cultural Biography of Agarwood

Jung, Dinah

In: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 23 (January 2013), Nr. 01. pp. 103-125. ISSN 1474-0591

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Abstract

The intangible heritage of making fine use of agarwood is a story of exceptional refinement, concerning arts and (syn-) aesthetic sensitivity, as well as a story of valuing and employing nature, commercialisation, and of the search for identity within the multicultural entanglements of Asia. Its continuation presents a challenge in business, scientific and cultural regards.

CONTENTS: I. Portrayal of the aromatic material – II. Early perfumery arts and exotic stimuli – III. Supraregional contacts, literati societies, and a refined perfumery – IV. Ritualised forms of incense appreciation – V. Reinvention of Asian perfumery arts and new identities.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
Volume: 23
Number: 01
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: Cambridge; New York
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 08:20
Date: January 2013
ISSN: 1474-0591
Page Range: pp. 103-125
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Exzellenzcluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Subjects: 290 Other and comparative religions
700 The arts
Controlled Keywords: Asien, Japan, China, Duft, Parfüm, Räuchermittel, kodo, Kultur
Uncontrolled Keywords: cultural history, history, perfumery, incense, agarwood, Asia, Islam, buddhism, anthropology, kodo, woodcarving, fragrance
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