June 14th, 2006

Anhinga, snakebird

Aymara culture: concept of time


"New analysis of the language and gesture of South America's indigenous Aymara people indicates they have a concept of time opposite to all the world's studied cultures -- so that the past is ahead of them and the future behind."

(see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aymara_language#Unique_features)

In some sense, this is a more empirical way, than ours: the past is what you actually see, so it should be forward of you.. The implication of the future coming at you from behind is interesting..