Manas. Studies into Asia and Africa.

Electronic Journal of the Centre for Eastern Languages and Cultures
Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Senses and Sensitivity

2015 / Volume 2 / Issue 2

The problem concerning the significance of the senses and sensuality in a certain culture is a particular aspect of the dialectics nature-culture, of the reflections about innate and experienced, of the question about the definition and the boundaries between fleshiness and spirituality. In our view the study of the different ways in which religion, philosophy, literature, visual and performing arts in any culture rationalize, use, promote, suppress or restrict the senses not only enriches the knowledge of this particular culture, but also provides the basis for the rediscovery of the place which they occupy in our own.

The articles and essays included in this issue of "Manas", dedicated to the theme "Senses and Sensuality", are focused on Asia. They form a mosaic captivating much more through a variety of colours and shapes than through consistency and coherence. In this way they cover various aspects of the complex and multivalent theme about the senses and sensuality: the philosophical, the psychological, the religious, the ecstatic, the cosmogonic-mythological, the ritual, the social, the aesthetic, the soteriological etc.


Editor-in-Chief: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Galina Rausseva-Sokolova. Editors: Prof. Dr. Milena Bratoeva,
Dr. Valentina Todorova-Marinova, Aleksandar Bogdanov, Elitsa Konstantinova.
ISSN: 2367-6256