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Scientists Analyze Amazonian Tribe That Has No Concept of Time or Dates


"...there is at least one language and culture which does not have a concept of time."

Ever wish there were more hours in your day?  Imagine a world in which the time plays a very limited role in your life -- a world where you're free from schedules, calendars and the stresses of keeping up with the daily grind.

Enter the Amondawa tribe, a group of people scientists say have no concept of dates, times and the like.  Seem impossible?  Well, it's not.

Scientists have analyzed this unique culture and have found that time is such a foreign concept that they don't even have words for 'day,' 'year,' 'week' or 'month.'  Chris Sinha, a professor at the University of Portsmouth, tells Mail Online that this "...is the first time scientists have been able to prove time is not a deeply entrenched universal human concept."  Sinha says:

'We can now say without doubt that there is at least one language and culture which does not have a concept of time as something that can be measured, counted or talked about in the abstract.

'This doesn't mean that the Amondawa are "people outside time", but they live in a world of events, rather than seeing events as being embedded in time.'

In a way, the Amondawa lead simplistic lives.  Rather than focusing in on hours, their time is divided into day and night and their seasons are split into "rainy" and "dry."  And guess what?  They're ageless!  Okay, this is clearly an impossibility, but, unlike other cultures, the Amondawa don't keep track of years accumulated:

Instead, they change their names to reflect their life-stage and position within their society.

For example, a little child will give up their name to a newborn sibling and take on a new one.

While scientists were certain that time was deep-rooted into our brains, the Amondawa throw a wrench into that theory.  As more attention comes to this tribe, one wonders how long they'll be able to continue avoiding a concept the rest of us are so focused upon.

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