This is a remarkable work which captures the reader's imagination as only few books do. From a description of the counting system of Iqwaye people of Papua New Guinea, the author develops a deeper and broader interpretation of the Iqwaye kinship system and cosmology, culminating in a powerful critique of western assumptions about the development of rational thought.
'... impressive not only for those who specialise in anthropology but for anyone concerned with understanding man'. Mainichi Daily News '... complex, wide-ranging, provocative, irritating, unorthodox and most stimulating.' Canberra Anthropology '... this book is without parallel...ethnographically rich and philosophically informed.' Oceania '... Mimica has carried through a quite original piece of work and thought. This really is the kind of "new anthropology" for which the discipline is searching.' Professor Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge