Monthly Archive: July 2022
Usaverenga mbeva nemiswe (yadzo)
In a difficult undertaking, do not reckon on those whose help would be insignificant or ineffective. To fight out a dispute with a neighbour, for instance, a mother would not rely on the help of a baby in her arms
Rega kuyera nyoka negavi iyo iripo.
A snake, dead or alive, is always frightening. In normal circumstances, nobody would like to touch or handle a snake for any purpose. With the Shona elders, a brave person was meant to show his bravery by measuring the length of a dead snake without using a stick or a string. The proverb implies that a man should not hesitate to state facts, even if it means to accuse a person of higher status. ‘Call a spade a spade.’ Also, do not substitute false imitations for the real thing.
Usatsvaga nhava muuswa iro sora ratsva
It is useless to look for something which has been destroyed. A slightly different meaning is conveyed by the two variants. They mean rather: Do not make preparations for something which can no longer be carried out.
Rega kubvunza nyama kuti ndeyokugocha iwe muto uchiuona.
It displays a person’s foolishness when he enquires about things which are self-evident at a glance. When death has occurred, no sensible and decent person will ask, ‘What is the newly-made grave for?’
Mamvura mazhinji akatunza kuba.
Usually, thieves go out to steal when they expect rain. The water washes away foot-prints so that they cannot be traced. This is quoted to advise against committing a crime in the hope that favourable conditions will prevent detection. Such seemingly favourable conditions may disappear and expose the crime