Kurava mambudzi ari kumwe, kurava namapapata.

Word Definitions

rava: count
mapapata: remains –scattered bones, generally of an animal


To count goats that are elsewhere is to count even those whose bones are now scattered.


In communities that practise livestock herding, sometimes animals go missing as they are pastured. It is common practice, therefore, to take stock by counting the animals when they return to their enclosures.


One who places reliance on things that are uncertain runs the risk of disappointment when the outcome turns out unfavorably.

Similar Proverbs

1. Kurava mbudzi nedzisipo, kurava nedzava matoo.

2. Kuverenga mombe nedzisipo, kuverenga nemiswe.