congolese proverbs and meanings

~ Tanzanian proverb, 66. To love someone who does not love you is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall. Who sits down is a cripple. “Lukamba”, a rope made of palm tree twines used to climb palm trees with, follows the footholds the ancestors had made on the palm tree trunk. ~ Congolese proverb, 67. (Congolese Proverb) Woe to the high spirited bride whose mother-in-law is still alive. Sache le prix d’une chikwangue pendant que papa et maman sont encore vivants. A united family eats from the same plate. A little subtleness is better than a lot of force. – Congolese Proverb, One [bad] palm tree spoils the palm wine. – Congolese Proverb, The salt will not say of itself, “I have a pleasant taste.” – Congolese Proverb, The sheep may become king, but the sheep will always remember the lion. – Congolese Proverb, The Gudugudu (a poisonous wild yam) is very acid at the root. ~ African proverb, 62. – Congolese Proverb, Man is like palm-wine: when young, sweet but without strength; in old age, strong but harsh. – Congolese Proverb, The okra tree does not grow taller than its master. Those who are absent are always wrong. He who doesn't like chattering women must stay a bachelor. Where there are many, nothing goes wrong. – Congolese Brazzaville Proverbs, If the trial concerns the forest, don’t take a monkey as a judge. He who is destined for power does not have to fight for it. A single bracelet does not jingle. ~ Tanzanian proverb. Whether children do well, or do poorly, they are a product of their upbringing. ~ Akan proverb. [Interpretation: It is said to/about those who are being greedy: No matter how much they have, they still want to to grab more. Literally: – Neither fluff, nor feather. – Congolese Proverb, The absent are always in the wrong. (English), Tetela: Diwala eko kalasa le wadi l’umi (Tetela) Learn the most important words in Lingala Here you can find the translation of the 50 most important words and expressions into Lingala. Lower your head modestly while passing, and you will harvest bananas. ~ Senegalese proverb, 42. The esoteric meaning of this proverb is that he who is conscious of the divine completeness (malungila, from the verb lunga, to be complete) of his being is a son of God; the non-initiated is not conscious of this divine nature so he hismahasuka (the incomplete). Congolese proverbs and thoughts with beautiful images. – Congolese Proverb, To brag is not to plant bananas : in clearing the ground about them, it (the work) consists. You inherit from the dead, not from the sick. To love someone who does not love you, is like shaking a tree to make the dew drops fall. He who fears the sun will not become chief. Please enter your username or email address to reset your password. No matter how full the river, it still wants to swell more. Prepare yourself for when the water comes up to your knees. – Congolese Proverb, Without war there can be no peace. – Congolese Proverb, Even without drumbeats, the banana leaves dance. – Congolese Proverb, Though the host may be living on wild beans, the guest expects a handful of boiled corn. – Congolese Proverb, No matter how full the river, it still wants to grow. Can be literally translated as “Dead/blind eye shedding tears sadness of head”. You inherit from the dead, not from the sick. Many hands make light work. – Congolese Proverb. Wise Congolese sayings in the form of proverbs that have been passed down for generations. ~ Swahili proverb. Kiatezua Lubanzadio Luyaluka Ph.D. BaKongo masks from the Kongo Central region, “Botofé bo le iwa.” : Rubber is death (present day Congo proverb), A bald-headed man will not grow hair by getting excited. I own a cow in heaven, but I cannot drink her milk. It is not wise to idolise our ancestors and romanticise the past. – Congolese Proverb, Wood may remain ten years in the water, but it will never become a crocodile. – Congolese Proverb, One (bad) nut spoils all. – Congolese Proverb, The friends of our friends are our friends. – Congolese Proverb, The mother-in-law shows you her thighs without shame, you are the embarrassed one. ~ Lesotho proverb, 41. The impotent man does not eat spicy foods. – Congolese Proverb, The impotent man does not eat spicy foods. The Egyptian initiatory tradition reports that Thoth had a vision in which he saw himself occupying the sidereal center of a series of seven concentric globes symbolizing the seven heavens. – Congolese Proverb, I f the needle doesn’t pass, the thread doesn’t follow.

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