Differences between smells are meaningless

“We do not discover the meaning of a smell by distinguishing it from other smells but by distinguishing contexts within which particular smells have a typical value.” – ALFRED GELL

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Source: Gell, A. (1977). Magic, Perfume, Dream… In I. M. Lewis (Ed.), Symbols and sentiments: Cross-cultural studies in symbolism (pp. 25–38). London; New York: Academic Press, p. 27.