Slave Proverbs and Their African Parallels

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Slave Proverbs and Their African Parallels 1. Slave Proverb : If you play with a puppy, he will lick your face. African Parallel : If you play with a dog, you must expect it to lick your face (Ashanti). Meaning: Familiarities with inferiors may cause them to lose respect for you. American Equivalent : Familiarity breeds content. 2. Slave Proverb Distant stovewood is good stovewood. African Parallel : Distant firewood is good firwewood. Meaning: Things look better from a distance. American Equivalent : The grass is greener on the other side. 3. Slave Proverb : “Almost killed” don’t make soup. African Parallel : “I nearly killed the bird.” No one can eat “nearly” in a stew. Meaning: Literal 4. Slave Proverb : A seldom visitor makes a good friend.
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Unformatted text preview: African Parallel : If you visit your fellow too much, he will not respect you. But if you make yourself scarce, he will pine for your company. Meaning: Literal American Equivalent : Good fences make good neighbors OR distance makes the heart grow fonder. 5. Slave Proverb: A scornful dog will eat dirty pudding. African Parallel : When a dog is hungry, it eats mud. Meaning: Adversity causes one to do things he would not do in good times. American Equivalent : Desperate times call for desperate measures. 6. Slave Proverb: The best swimmer is often drowned. African Parallel : The expert swimmer is carried away by the water (Zulu, Tonga) Meaning: There is no absolute certainty of anything....
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