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Both have been strongly influenced by Wilhelm Wundt's Volkerps~rcl~ologie, in particular by the popular idea that primordial speech was a gesture and that gesticulation is a mirror of the soul. In his study of colloquial Spanish, entirely based o n literary sources, Beinhauer deals with a small number of gestures that accompany speech. 7 Flachskampf, w h o wrote the first catalogue of Spanish gestures, am p lified such statements. Following Wundt, he claims that gestures are 'manifestations of a pre-logical and emotional substratum'.
In sum, cacl7ondeo is a test of manliness. Intimate and easy-going body contact among men in homosocial gatherings sharply contrasts with the generally professed disgust of homosexuality. Several iconic gestures imply homosexuality and when directed at heterosexual men they become serious insults. A homosexual man and an effeminate man are conceptually identical in Andalusia. N o t all men are cut for the macho role. The opposite of being a real man is being weak Pojo). A weak man spends too much time at home and is perceived as being dominated by females.
Leiden, 1991). 21 Pseudo-Aristotle, Physiognomonica 808a; note also that according to the Anonymus Latinus (98), in AndrC, Anonyme Latin, the androgynous man resupinatas p/erumque manus praemovet; similarly Adamantius, in Foerster, Scriptores physiognomonici, p. 416. 61; Euripides, Helen 1095; G. Neumann, Gesten und Gebarden in der griechischen Kunst (Berlin, 1965), pp. 78-81; F. T. ', Bulletin Antieke Beschaving, 49 (1974), pp. 159-89, esp. p. 161. 4. Athens: K. Polaschek, Untersuchungen zu griechischen Mantelstatuen (Diss.
A Cultural History of Gesture: From Antiquity to the Present Day by ed. Jan Bremmer and Herman Roodenburg, introduction by Keith Thomas