At mulembenation. The richest, boldest, fullest bevvy finds its character from its ancestors: sour mash. The sour mash is added to the next batch. We attempt a similar process by contextualizing, re-imagining and even re-living popular luhya proverbs and sayings. In doing so, we hope to mellow these Luhya figures of speech and pop open the richness of our language in all its intonations. In so doing, we also hope to keep alive its dialects; honor its marriages with other native sounds.
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This proverb was and still is significant to luhya community because it discourages boosting thinking that you can succeed alone especially was being used to warn people who were very wealthy and they thought they can do everything alone and look down upon others.
It also means that whatever you have done it different is a matter of time because anybody else will be there and you might hate yourself when you compare what you have and what another person who come after you has. This proverb is used to warn those who like doing things in a hurry manner without thinking of consequences. It warns people they should do things in a cautious manner instead of doing it in hurry because they might spoil whatever they are doing because of hurrying up.
Also it is used to warn children especially those who like grabbing everything for example a child can touch hot sufuria or drink hot porridge because he likes taking things without cautions. The proverb is used to discourage those who force other people to hear their advice. It means those who cannot hear what they are being told is only death or grave help them to hear because they are beyond human.
Also means that if one unable to hear the advice then waits until they face consequences of not listening to the advice. This proverb is used to encourage hardwork in that one has to do his part and God do his part.
It is used to discourage laziness with excuse that God will do for you all you need while seated. It encourages people though is good to believe in supernatural God but a man has his role to play than sitting and waiting miracles to happen. The proverb is used to encourage people of sharing their hardships so that you do not die alone.
This encouraged togetherness so that people have to share burdens and help one another bear it. For those who were secretive it warned them because the more you hide the more your life is ruined and at the end truth of the disease will be known especially at a point that is beyond help. The proverb is used to warn people over shameful behavior that when advised they take no action. In luhya land in-laws are extremely respected in that even greeting your mother in-law direct handshaking is a taboo.
So this proverb was used to warn people that advice from others can help them avoid shameful act especially at respectable place or occasion. The proverb is used to encourage people not to look down upon someone or anything that seem not to be important at the moment. The proverb says that one day what you refused to eat at one moment you will one day look for it to quench your desire but nowhere to be seen. In most cases, this proverb is used to discourage those educated men and ladies who despise village girls who are not their standard.
In most cases because they look down upon them still they go back to them for marriage when everything is not working on their part. Also when one is in a high status he might despise village men and even refuse to work with them but a time comes when illiterate village men are needed to fulfill a certain task in a community.
It thought that a child inherit their parents. If the child is a liar people interconnect with the behavior of her mother. If parents are humble people expect the kids to be humble like them. The proverb mean when walking you never know where you are going unless you ask the people who know where that way is going to but you cannot assume that the route itself it will tell.
Is encourages people to ask and communicate with one another. No one should expect the way to direct you where you are going. It is only the person who is walking that knows exact place and destination. Isaatsi in luhya is used to fetch water from the stream, and it is believed it can break near the door when bringing it down from your head. It is used to encourage people to continue pressing on until to the end because the last moments are tough than the beginning.
One might assume because he has worked hard and careful at the beginning so at last step he can do things jokingly. The end of something determines a lot because when you joke with the end it spoils everything. Proverb is used to warn people who like hiding evil in society that one day that evil one will turn back to you and be his meal for the day. This proverb is used because most people tend to hide evil done especially the person doing evil is a relative.
It is said when you hide your child who is a thief, he will come back to your house at rob everything you have. This proverb is used to warn those who like criticizing everything that they end up losing everything and cannot do something constructive because they want to be perfectionists.
The chicken here is used symbolically, to mean what is most valuable to you also has error. The luhya like chicken so much might think it is perfect but they eat dirty staffs. The proverb was used to encourage people to look the best out of something and not look deeper into bad things. Place of Y you use G. Please carry out enough research on written on oral Luhya before rushing your results to the innocent public….
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Nandakhulira kalikuhira amakombe- in English, those who does not hear what they are being told, they will hear while in the grave. Nyasaye akhonya owikhonya —English -God helps he who helps himself. Mukisa malwaree maliro kamuvula- in English- whoever hides sickness, mourning will reveal and truth be known. Nandachererwa yatsia nako ebukhwe- in English- whoever does not allow anyone to advise him, will one day a shame himself in front of his in-laws.
Or He who did not venture out took a despised object to his in-laws. Eshioleka enishiyo eshioleya- In English- you eat what you despised or what you refuse is that that you will eat it one day. OR omunyuu kwolekaa nikwooo kworonga- the stew that you despise is what saves you. Or the young one of a dog imitates and behaves as his mother does. Nolonda ebieingokho ilia sholia ingokho- English- If you pay attention to what chickens eat you will never wish to eat the chicken.
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LUHYA PROVERBS PDF
Some few Luhya Proverbs you did not know. Anavulekwa yirha imbongo. Chenda kalaa yola mumbo. Buli akhashere nobufira bwakho 4. Abachesi babili. Popular luhya proverbs and sayings from mulembe nation with titbits and stories that unraveal their meaning. Maragoli proverbs, Bukusu proverbs, Idakho.
LUHYA PROVERBS AND MEANINGS
This proverb was and still is significant to luhya community because it discourages boosting thinking that you can succeed alone especially was being used to warn people who were very wealthy and they thought they can do everything alone and look down upon others. It also means that whatever you have done it different is a matter of time because anybody else will be there and you might hate yourself when you compare what you have and what another person who come after you has. This proverb is used to warn those who like doing things in a hurry manner without thinking of consequences. It warns people they should do things in a cautious manner instead of doing it in hurry because they might spoil whatever they are doing because of hurrying up. Also it is used to warn children especially those who like grabbing everything for example a child can touch hot sufuria or drink hot porridge because he likes taking things without cautions.