This has been done in two ways. From time immemorial, African proverbs have been used to convey messages during important conversations. Meaning: Avoid copying someone else. Fire and gunpowder do not sleep together. Pay them their dues, and in turn they will pay you back. Since Nigeria is so multilingual, hip-hop poets there use proverbs from various languages, mixing them in as it fits their need, sometimes translating the original.
Another interesting part is that the proverbs have been in use for generations. Origin: African proverb The roaring lion kills no game Meaning: Literally stay quite and let your action speaks. On the more positive side, proverbs have also been used for constructive purposes. Proverbium: Yearbook of International Proverb Scholarship 29, 95-136. A wise person is the one who listens to advice. Proverb iconography: an international bibliography.
When there are such counter proverbs, each can be used in its own appropriate situation, and neither is intended to be a universal truth. Essentially, it acknowledges the foolishness of insulting the person, relationship or institution that you depend upon for survival. Introduction: Folklore in African Society. If your only tool is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail. ~Ethiopian Proverb Beautiful from behind, ugly in front. Festschrift for Ayo Bamgbose, ed.
Similarly, it can also be interpreted as a caution to look after your reputation. Money is not the medicine against death. Figuring out the root cause of our problem, might help us to prevent future occurrence. ~Congolese Proverb It's those ugly caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies after seasons. Do not overindulge, as that same excitement might turn into decrement. Meaning: You cannot achieve or gain anything by mere sitting around and just talking about it. A Proverb Poem by Refiki.
Proverbs in Nazi Germany: The Promulgation of Anti-Semitism and Stereotypes Through Folklore. The proverb is attributed to the people of southern Ghana, a heavily forested area known for its timber trade. The teeth of a dog do not lock together. All our eggs in a broken basket: How the Human Terrain System is undermining sustainable military cultural competence. In other words, sharing problems and solving those problems with others is far better than keeping it to yourself and dying trying to solve a problem that is far bigger than you. ~Congolese Proverb Youth is beauty, even in cattle.
Anti-proverb used in Proverbs are frequently used in advertising, often in slightly modified form. Often, the proverbs' exotic nature can make them difficult to interpret for those that live far from the jungles and savannahs of Africa. Every woman is beautiful until she speaks. Proverbs have been used to evaluate , study the of children, measure the results of , and study how the mind processes. An incommunicable quality tells us this sentence is proverbial and that one is not. This is in regard to the power of the people to stand against even the mightiest of opponents.
When you befriend a chief remember that he sits on a rope. Additionally, children have not mastered the patterns of metaphorical expression that are invoked in proverb use. Proverbs in Nazi Germany: The Promulgation of Anti-Semitism and Stereotypes Through Folklore. The origins are quite often little known, yet the expressions are popular. In this article, we explore the meaning of ten different proverbs and try to find their popular counterparts. Origin: Nigerian Proverb Monkey dey work, baboon dey chop Meaning: The act of being taken advantaged or exploited by someone else. It is because of hot food that nature gave us two cheeks instead of one and because I am a wise son of my father, my sheep never gets loose twice.
A study of English proverbs created since 1900 showed in the 1960s a sudden and significant increase in proverbs that reflected more casual attitudes toward sex. International Bibliography of Paremiology and Phraseology. ~Ganda Proverb Even the colors of a chameleon are for survival not beauty. None cares the way you plan it. Sent by Alieu Conteh, Sierra Leone. What Goes Around Comes Around: The Circulation of Proverbs in Contemporary Life, Kimberly J. According to my grandfather, it doesn't make much sense to ask the hunter how was his hunt especially if you saw him come in with a bunch of mushrooms in his hand.
Sent by Agata Kassa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A film that makes rich use of proverbs is , known for both using and creating proverbs. Origin: Akan, Ghana Only an animal that uses its teeth for climbing knows which trees are bitter Meaning: Certain experiences can only be truly understood or appreciated by first hand involvement or participation. Wherever a man goes to dwell, his character goes with him. Two noted examples of attempts to establish a paremiological minimum in America are by Haas 2008 and , Kett, and Trefil 1988 , the latter more prescriptive than descriptive. The Journal of American Folklore 95, No. However, unlike the examples given above in English, all of which are anti-proverbs, Tatira's examples are standard proverbs.