"This is the best ethographic account of one of the most conspicuous and well-known upland groups in Southeast Asia. It is an excellent contribution to the study of space, ritual and cosmology in this region and beyond." -- Guido Sprenger, Heidelberg University</.b>, Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 30 (2), 2015
"Relying on decades of fieldwork, this brilliant book focuses primarily on the myriad ways in which the Akha conceptual construction of space provided these tribal people with a sense of their own cosmic power and centrality, despite their actual political weakness and marginality. This exemplary work is not only a moving evocation of a unique culture, it is also is a sophisticated re-examination of the multiple meanings of‘center’ and ‘periphery’ in Southeast Asian studies, and in anthropological theory.
" -- Charles Lindholm, Boston University