Until now, all studied cultures and languages in the world mapped the future in front and the past in back, said Rafael Nunez, a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.It is commonplace in discussion of Māori culture and language to say things like:
Quoted from maori.org.nz
article on "tikanga" = custom, tradition etc.
All Tikanga stems from this time. I nga wa o mua translates as from the times of front but this phrase means the past. Therefore the past is always in front of us, there for guidance and the future is behind us, as very few can see the future and what it has in store for us.So, unless I've misunderstood Prof. Rafael Nunez should scale back his claims...
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