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Hair
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1. Regarded physiologically, hair is one of the derivatives of skin. Being without a nerve, it cannot directly communicate sensory impressions. Nevertheless, it is the material basis of the metaphorical description of experiences, in linguistic applications like ‘hairsbreadth,’ or even ‘hairy [situation].’ In its quality of being bound to the body, and yet separable from it, hai…

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Naacke, Claudia, “Hair”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00191>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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