La misura della vita di essere umani e altre… Measurement of a lifetime of human beings and else …

To start abolishing chaos, the measurement of time must be taken into account, counting, measuring, punctuating, and giving values to every appearance, to all events. Whereas the extent of the forest, that of the sky and the sea, whereas both duration of day and night do not allow themselves to be divided, on the contrary all the events of a lifetime of a man, a woman, a genealogical line, an ethnic group, a hamlet, a territory can be measured, compared. The chosen measure is universal since it enables men to obtain the means used in daily life that allow to deal with the construction of relationships, compensations for murder, to restart war or peace, to support in general all human endeavours through the powers of the dead. This ‘chosen measure’ has the power to provide men with ruin or success. It is at the same time maleficent and beneficent. Sometimes this measure dies by the hand of man. It occurs in the evening of a life, when the old man remains alone, without descents. His lands will not be dwelt any more, his gardens will not be cultivated. It seems as though everything stops with him.

Tevau, or red feather money, from the Solomon Islands

Tevau, red feathers used during ceremonies – Solomon Islands

 

 

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