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Kenyan Proverbs
From memory | January 20, 2009 | Annalex

Posted on 01/20/2009 10:55:43 AM PST by annalex

Kenyan Proverbs

The leopard is only as fast as the rearmost of his tail.

The wisest man in the village is only as wise as his goats are fat.

Keep you kalebasa wet and it will last a long time.

The rich man keeps his goats in the barn only so long as he keeps my sharp stick out of his rib cage.

The moon is the herdsman. The stars are his goats. The sun is the leopard who is hungry at dawn.

My lawyers are eager to send you my many TREASURE.

If you talk to women, don't refuse to sample their yoghurt.

Only a fool burns a village with his wife in it.

Accept hospitality but keep your kalebasa full.

A warrior who relies on stealth is afraid of stepping into a chicken coop, but a warrior who runs with a sharp stick enjoys the ruckus.

It takes a man to burn a village, but it takes a woman to cook the chickens

A wise man has a sharp mind, but a warrior has a sharp stick.

The gazelle comes to the water to drink, and the leopard, to eat.

When antelopes are audacious, hyenas are hopeful.

If your friend is hurt, bandage his wound, take his wife and adopt the children that look healthy.

A hunter-gatherer is able to do more than one thing at a time

A hunter goes out and samples the yoghurt of many women, but when he comes home, a heavy carcass is on his back.

The longing for female companionship is like a sharp stick in the belly of a boar.

A hunter who learned how to read is like a leopard who learned how to lay eggs. Reading broadens the mind and omelets diversify the diet.

When victorious in a war, consider adopting the orphans that look healthy.

If you did not distinguish yourself in battle, you don't get to hack the wounded.

Children of a hunter are like lizards on top of a hot rock: they hide when a stranger approaches to sample their mother's yoghurt.

Never underestimate the resilience of children.

The kidneys of an old man are bitter because of the wisdom that comes with age.

If a scorpion is in your ear, don't go to a snake charmer to have it removed.

A vain woman puts sticks in her hair till birds come to nestle on her head.

Don't carry cheese in your loincloth and you won't be bothered by rats at night.

White children are beguiling and often very tender.

It takes a village to raise a white child

Race is only skin deep. The internal organs look the same.

A leopard on two legs is still faster than a turkey on four.

If you want a breast, don't pull on a leg.

A man and his wife are like a lion and a hyena pulling at the carcass together: he pulls at the leg and she drags out the bowels, and both are satisfied.

Pull many legs, but don't grab too many ankles.

You can only grasp one set of ankles at a time

A philosopher said: -- This monkey has four hands. No, another philosopher replied, -- this monkey has four feet. -- Thank you for your insights, the monkey replied and ran up the tree.


TOPICS: Poetry; Society
KEYWORDS: folklore
I remember those from childhood and wanted to share these pieces of ancient wisdom with you today.
1 posted on 01/20/2009 10:55:44 AM PST by annalex
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To: doug from upland; Lazamataz; Registered

diversity bump.


2 posted on 01/20/2009 10:58:28 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

I remember these from my days in Kenya:

Stupid white liberals can be played like a flute.

Whitey looks better with a burning tire around his neck.

Kill the Jews and the muslims are happy, for a while.


3 posted on 01/20/2009 11:00:23 AM PST by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag fire.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Yeah, me too. I love Kenya.


4 posted on 01/20/2009 11:01:41 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex
If a scorpion is in your ear, don't go to a snake charmer to have it removed.

So much for Obamacare.

Don't carry cheese in your loincloth and you won't be bothered by rats at night.

I expect I'll have four years of cheese in my loincloth.

5 posted on 01/20/2009 11:12:34 AM PST by KarlInOhio (On 9/11 Israel mourned with us while the Palestinians danced in the streets. Who should we support?)
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To: annalex
If a usurper usurps ... drink a lot.

I just made that up ... for the occasion.

And it's good advice I'm following right now.

6 posted on 01/20/2009 11:19:14 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Stupid man puts gasoline in the car and goes to work, but a wise man puts gasoline in the tire and gets justice.


7 posted on 01/20/2009 11:26:47 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: KarlInOhio

May your cheese be hard and your determination harder.


8 posted on 01/20/2009 11:39:56 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

I’m sorry, but Africa hasn’t moved forward in 1000 years. Until they do, such “knowledge” is of no use to me.


9 posted on 01/20/2009 11:45:46 AM PST by Clock King (Radical Conservatives, arise!)
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To: Clock King

A wise hunter knows that you cannot pull the elephant by his leg.


10 posted on 01/20/2009 12:06:40 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: knarf

When the leader and the soldier drink at the inaugural feast, the leader gets drunk and falls asleep, but the soldier vomits and stands guard.


11 posted on 01/20/2009 1:29:28 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: Alexius

Remember our childhood in Kenya? I miss those times.

Memory of childhood is like hyppopotamus fishing in a watering hole: you never know what gets stuck between the teeth and what goes right into the belly.


12 posted on 01/20/2009 6:24:02 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

LMAO.


13 posted on 01/21/2009 11:38:52 AM PST by Alexius (An absolutely new idea is one of the rarest things known to man. - St. Thomas More)
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To: Alexius

A hyena laughs because of much food in her stomach, but a wise man laughs so that more wisdom come out of his mouth.


14 posted on 01/21/2009 11:53:48 AM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

Only in Kenya.

Come to Kenya, we got lions.


15 posted on 01/21/2009 12:06:20 PM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: BibChr

The distance a white man comes to see a lion is much longer than the distance he runs after the lion sees him.


16 posted on 01/21/2009 12:32:55 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: annalex

When hyenas laugh, a wise man barely smiles.


17 posted on 08/03/2012 6:13:58 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Only a fool burns a village with his wife in it.

A wise man burns the bridge with his ex-wife on it.

18 posted on 08/03/2012 6:18:59 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: annalex

A wise man eats his Mtuza Wa Samaki and has it too.


19 posted on 08/03/2012 6:23:46 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: annalex

A womans sharp tongue can be slain with a sharp stick


20 posted on 08/03/2012 6:31:24 PM PDT by winodog
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To: annalex

Man who scratches ass should not bite fingernails.


21 posted on 08/03/2012 6:39:47 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!; annalex; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
"There is no 'overkill.' There is only 'open fire' and 'I need to reload.'"
--The Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries


22 posted on 08/03/2012 6:41:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I am glad so many people can share the wit and wisdom of our ancestors. Please go on.

Memories are like a piece of flint at the tip of the sharp stick. No matter how fast the warrior runs, the little thing is just out of reach.


23 posted on 08/03/2012 6:48:16 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

Even a man with thirty goats is not always happy.


24 posted on 08/03/2012 7:10:13 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: annalex

“The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.”


25 posted on 08/03/2012 7:35:03 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: annalex

“Man who goes to sleep with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.”

Maybe it was Confucius who said that.


26 posted on 08/04/2012 8:45:56 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Yardstick

Teacher!

Tie your own loincloth, and the students will fight for the honor to wrap the turban for you.


27 posted on 08/04/2012 4:48:26 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Leave no child behind. That way, you will have plenty of them when you reach your destination.


28 posted on 08/04/2012 4:52:37 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: JRios1968

As you visit a woman, hang your loincloth outside and it will attract the flies out of the hut.


29 posted on 08/04/2012 4:55:59 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

“Build a man a fire and he will be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he will be warm for the rest of his life.”


30 posted on 08/04/2012 5:04:08 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

A man made mud and mixed the straw and built the hut. “You did not build it”, sad the wise man.

A warrior came and killed the man, and took his wife and lived in the hut. “You do not live here” said the wise man.

The rain came and took the hut down. The warrior ran away to live in a tree, and the jackal killed the rest and ate them.

Nobody built that hut, son.


31 posted on 08/05/2012 9:49:36 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

The early bird gets the worm. The early worm is not so fortunate.


32 posted on 08/05/2012 10:21:19 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Children of a gatherer eat worms and become cowardly like birds. Children of a hunter eat from the belly of an antelope and become happy like hyenas.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 10:36:31 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

I wept that I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. Then I stole his shoes. Hey, he didn’t need them!


34 posted on 08/05/2012 11:06:51 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The rich man has two feet to put his shoes on.

And he has two hands to defend them.

Think, young man. Think.


35 posted on 08/06/2012 5:12:23 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex
The field of knowledge just expanded: Paragordius Obamai
36 posted on 02/12/2013 5:37:15 AM PST by annalex (fear them not)
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To: annalex

keepalive


37 posted on 10/25/2014 6:03:37 PM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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