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The unit used to be a span-long strip two times 80 threads huge. A sheep was once worthy 8 cubits of 3 handsbreadths every one; a small degree of millet used to be worthy one cubit. Later the worth of items was once mounted in cowries via the 7th Nummo, the grasp of Speech: a poultry was once worthy thrice 80 cowries, a goat or a sheep 3 times 800 cowries, an ass 40 occasions 800, a horse 80 occasions 800, an ox 120 occasions 800. first and foremost, even though, there has been a scarcity of cowries; the thirty­ shells present in where of Lebe's arms and ft were given to the twins born quickly after the invention. of those, 8 have been utilized by each one dual as ornament for the leather-based pendants which confirmed their caliber. That left 8 for every of them. in keeping with a unique account those cowries had first been exchanged with different males for chook on the expense of 4 cowries for a chook. Then the fowls accelerated and the cowries, that have been dwelling issues, additionally extended within the fingers in their proprietors. For the 1st trade the twins took up their place on an anthill. One bought and the opposite received. They took the ant as witness of the transaction. it really is acknowledged additionally that the 1st trade used to be among cowries and strips of fabric. It used to be, consequently, within the presence ofthe earth's genitalia and of the ant, avatar of the earth, that the 1st advertisement trans,.. motion happened. however the gadgets traded have been alive: the cowries have been dwell shells, and the material used to be choked with phrases. 'The 7th Nummo,' stated Ogotemmeli, 'had stipulated that the items to be exchanged can be positioned dealing with each other and the phrases effecting the trade spoken earlier than them. It used to be as though the gadgets spoke during the mouths in their vendors and heard one another near to their very own trade. ' The previous man's voice used to be loud. He sat up immediately within the embrasure, no longer sunk in on himself, as he often was once while the dialog grew to become on non secular topics. 'That was once to make sure,' he stated, 'that the gadgets agreed to it. ' 201 spoken observe, the phrases exchanged betwet

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