Ateyera mariva murutsva haachatyi kusviba magaro.


rutsva: area of burnt grass

riva: trap with a falling flat stone, for catching small animals


One who sets a trap in burnt veld should be prepared to have his backside soiled.


When setting a stone trap, one will most likely sit on the ground while doing so.  In burnt grass, the backside becomes soiled with ash as a result.


One who has decided to carry out a difficult task must not be deterred by any inconvenience, or by what people might say.

Similarly, one must be prepared to face the consequences of their actions.

Similar Proverbs

1. Afa haachatyi kuora.

2. Agara murutsva haatyi kusviba magaro.

3. Apinda murutsva anosviba tsoka.

4. Chirega kutya kununa iwe wakasasikwa.

5. Hapana munwe unoiswa mukanwa, ukabuda usina mate.

6. Usatya ngwena, iwo makumbo ari mudziva.