Definitions mushunje: bound parcel of grass or leaves. musakasa/ musakasaka: makeshift shelter (e.g. chirindo). Translation To know what is inside a bound parcel, one has to be told; whereas when one stands guard out in the fields, they witness events firsthand. Inspiration A traditional method to reduce crop loss to wildlife involves farmers spending the … Read more
Definitions kuwe: grey-lourie. go-away bird hanga: guinea fowl Translation Guinea fowls will come, so save your knobkerries rather than waste them on grey-louries. Inspiration A bird hunter stands to benefit more from catching guinea fowl. The birds are popular for their meat and eggs. Application When faced with competing demands, one should consider where they … Read more
Definitions dhimba: long-billed crombec – a small nearly tailless bird nyana: young bird besu: tail of fish or bird Translation The long-billed crombec should not be considered a fledgling just because it is tailless. Application One should be careful not to underestimate things because of conclusions based on appearance or what is outward.
Definitions ninga: large underground cave. dundu: chest Translation What is in one’s heart is (like something) hidden in an underground cave. Inspiration In olden days, caves and shelters hidden away in rocks were used as secret places known only to the local communities. They were used as places for making medicine, rainmaking, as burial places … Read more
Definitions musungo: snare riva: trap with a falling flat stone, for catching small animals Translation One (an animal) that cries is the one caught in a snare; the one caught under a stone trap believes the sky has fallen. Inspiration An animal caught in a snare could try and free itself, but one caught under … Read more