African Proverbs in African Literature

A Critical Resourcebase

Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE [Capital City: Maputo]

A former colony of Portugal, this country endured several years of civil war at independence.

PROVERBS FROM MOZAMBIQUE

1. A man does not run among thorns for no reason; either he is chasing a snake or a snake is chasing him.

2. A parasite cannot live alone.

3. A reflection does not see itself.

4. The crab does not bite; it is its handshake that hurts.

5. If you want to swallow a mango seed, you first of all calculate the diameter of your anus.

6. If the chicken attacks you in the morning, RUN first because it might have grown teeth overnight.

7. The grasshopper that was eaten by the hornbill must have been deaf.

8. A sinking vessel needs no navigation.

9. The vulture says that it has no business with the barbers.

10. When the lion is crippled, the hare goes to his house for debt recovery.

11. A river that cannot be controlled is bound to burst its banks.

12. Do not try to fight a lion if you are not one yourself.

13. When two elephants meet on a narrow bridge, they get nowhere until one of them backs down or lies down.

14. Hunger makes the big fish come out of hiding in the great river.

15. A fool has many days.

16. One who enters a forest does not listen to the breaking of the twigs in the brush.

17. By persevering the egg walks on legs.

18. An elephant which kills a rat is not a hero.

19. If the owner of the calabash calls it worthless, then the others will join him to pack it with rubbish.

20. The sound of a drum is not determined by its size nor the skills of a drummer but by his strength.

21. There are no shortcuts to the top of the palm tree.

22. The bee is the doctor of flowers.

23. There is no cockerel without a comb.

24. A wise man cannot save a decaying country as manure cannot save an eroding land.

25. An elephant with a bad leg limps along.

26. Madness does not govern a country; discussion does.

27. One does not cut the tusks of an elephant.

28. An elephant fears attack from several sides.

29. When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

30. Whether the knife falls on the melon or the melon on the knife, the melon suffers.

31. The news has gone round and round, yet the person it concerns is deaf.

32. If while climbing a tree you insist on going beyond the top, the earth will be waiting for you.

33. If you fail to be a lizard in your own land, you will fail to be a crocodile in another land.

34. If you want to carry the world, do not tie it with a rope, otherwise the rope will break and the world will crush you.

35. When the lion goes astray, all the other animals are king of the jungle.

36. An ant-hill that is destined to become a giant ant-hill will ultimately become one, no matter how many times it is destroyed by elephants.

37. If you are not able to build a house at once, you must first build a shed.

38. A bird does not change its feathers because the weather is bad.

39. If a pregnant woman falls, the child in the womb answers.

40. Fire devours the grass, but not the roots.

41. If the mat is not in a man’s hand, he sleeps standing.

42. There is no elephant that complains about the weight of its trunk.

43. The owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees, the less it talks.

44. By being grateful, a man makes himself deserving of yet another kindness.

45. If men are cruel to the cat, the domestic cat becomes a wild animal.

46. The leech that does not let go even when it is filled dies on the dry land.

IMPORTANT LINKS ON MOZAMBIQUE

The following links will take you to sources that have some important information on Mozambique:

 

Mozambique

Image by F H Mira via Flickr

 

Advertisements

19 thoughts on “Mozambique

  1. We’re a group of volunteers and opening a brand new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with useful information to work on. You have done an impressive activity and our entire community can be grateful to you.

  2. Howdy! I know this is kinda off topic nevertheless I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or maybe guest writing a blog article
    or vice-versa? My site discusses a lot of the same topics as yours and I believe
    we could greatly benefit from each other. If you are interested feel free to send me an email.
    I look forward to hearing from you! Awesome blog by the
    way!

  3. I just could not depart your site before suggesting that I extremely loved the
    usual information a person provide to your visitors?

    Is going to be back continuously in order to check out
    new posts

  4. franciscomanson on said:

    Woah! I’m really digging the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective.
    A lot of times it’s very difficult to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appearance. I must say you’ve done a
    great job with this. Also, the blog loads super quick for me on Chrome.
    Outstanding Blog!

  5. With havin so much content and articles do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?
    My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it
    up all over the web without my agreement.
    Do you know any techniques to help prevent content from being stolen?
    I’d certainly appreciate it.

  6. I’m gone to tell my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this webpage on regular basis to get updated from latest gossip.

  7. Appreciate it. Ample knowledge!

  8. Nicely put. Appreciate it!

  9. Hope you don’t mind that I’m bookmarking
    your web site. in again.

  10. Hello very nice blog!! Man .. Excellent ..
    Amazing .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally?
    I am satisfied to find numerous useful information right here within the put up,
    we need develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks
    for sharing. . . . . .

  11. Link exchange іs nothing еlse however it is only placing the otɦer person’s website link οn your pagfe at
    proper ρlace and other person will alsߋ do ѕimilar foг you.

  12. I’m really loving the theme/design of your site.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog readers have complained about my site not operating correctly in
    Explorer but looks great in Safari. Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

    • Thanks for your kind words. Once your site is accessible, I think that you can rest assured that visitors will appreciate it, whatever the problems with Explorer may be. Every search engine has its own peculiarities, which is why one can and should use the one best suitable for browsing. I wonder if you can create a Web site to have an overall appeal, using all the search engines.

  13. I just like the helpful information you supply on your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and test again right here frequently.
    I’m somewhat sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right
    here! Good luck for the next!

  14. Great post. I was checking continuously thuis blog and I’m impressed!

    Very useful informatikn specifically the last part 🙂 I care for such information much.
    I was looking for this particular information for a very long time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  15. continuously i used to read smaller posts that as well clear their motive,
    and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I am reading
    at this time.

  16. I rarely leave a response, but I glanced through a few remarks here Mozambique | African Proverbs in African Literature.
    I do have 2 questions for you if you tend not to mind. Could it be just me or does it
    appear like some of these responses appear like they are written by brain dead individuals?
    😛 And, if you are posting on other online social sites, I would like to
    keep up with you. Could you list of all of your social networking
    pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  17. I got this site from my friend who shared with me concerning this website and now this time
    I am browsing this site and reading very informative posts here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: