Advent: It's About Time

When I was researching my book on Sabbath, I became fascinated with different ways that people understand time: the passage of time, the counting of time, and so forth. I ran across a number of cultures who view time in very different ways than we do in the United States.

For the Aymara people of the Andes, for example. time flows front to back. The past, which was known and therefore seen, lies in front. The future -­‐ which is unknown and unseen -­‐ is behind us, beyond our vision.

Over in Australia, the timeline of the Pormpuraaw, a remote Aboriginal community, runs along the east‐west axis. The past is east. The future is west.

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