Shona Proverbs

The Shona are exceedingly rich in proverbs. Proverbs are a cherished and interesting part of their oral literature.

Chikomo shata divi, rimwe ritambire pwere.

Word definitions divi: side Translation Hill, be unattractive on one side so that children may play at the other. Inspiration … Read more

Chimedzamatore akadzipwa nebvupa remhuru.

Word definitions dore: oldish beast (in a herd of cattle) bvupa: bone Translation One known to swallow the (tough) meat … Read more

Chinono chine ngwe, bere rakadya richifamba.

Word definitions bere: hyena chinono: slowness ngwe: leopard Translation Slowness is a trait of the leopard, a hyena had its … Read more

Chinozipa chinoregwa, zamu ramai takarirega.

Translation Sometimes we have to give up even the good things, just like we had to give up suckling. Inspiration … Read more

Chirambakuudzwa akazoonekwa neropa kudonha.

Translation He who refused advice was later seen bleeding. Application A person who rejects all advice usually falls into serious … Read more

Chisi hachieri musi wacharimwa.

Translation The consequences of failing to observe the chisi rest day are not suffered on that very day. Inspiration Chisi … Read more

Chiverevere ndechekubaya mombe, chamakombo maitiudzawo.

Word definitions chiverevere: doing something secretly gombo: new agricultural land Translation While slaughtering an ox could be done secretly, we … Read more

Chomungozva chinodyiwa nowabata mwana.

Word definitions mungozva: nursing mother Translation Only one who cuddles the baby of a nursing mother will enjoy the fruits … Read more

Gengezha mukombe, hazvienzani nekunwira mudemhe.

Word definitions mukombe: hollowed out gourd with a long handle used for drinking gengezha: reference to an old/ cracked mukombe … Read more

Gomba harina mwana.

Word definitions gomba: adulterer – lover of married woman Translation The lover of a married woman has no child. Application … Read more

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