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