Black People : can someone help me with interpretations of these proverbs

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  1. cre8ivsndz

    cre8ivsndz New Member MEMBER

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    please any help, and i will be grateful.
    i just want anybodys interpretation of these african proverbs

    1.The child hates him who gives it all it wants.
    2.A man alone is no hero
    3. A heavy burden does not kill on the day it is carried.
    4.Fathers advice is like salt in your food.
    5. Numerous calls confuse the dog.
    6. Guests are like leaves: they fall off and make room for others
    7. People do no count on what they are given, but what is withheld from them
    8. Lovers are like 2 turtle doves, always feeding each other.

    any input would be great, thank you
     
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    Welcome Cre8ivsndz. Thanks for joining us.

    How do you know these are African proverbs?

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    cre8ivsndz New Member MEMBER

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    BECAUSE THESE ARE PART OF MY AFRICANA STUDIES CLASS IN COLLEGE
    I WAS JUST WONDERING OTHER PEOPLES INTERPRETATIONS OF THESE PROVERBS



     
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    Okay ... i didn't know they were African proverbs. Thanks for sharing. What do they mean to you?

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    I don't know what it says in the actual language, but this one comes from the Wolof. It means "The spoiled child hates his quote." ---Giving a child everything it wants will really make the child resent the parent more than appreciate all that it is given.

    This one is Kenyan....I take it to mean that the weight of a "heavy burden" doesn't hurt you on the actual day you carried it but the consequences of it will affect you later.

    I don't know which language this one is from....But Turtle Doves are birds which are symbols of love. They are found in North Africa. When these birds find mates, they are very devoted to each other. ---And lovers, especially new lovers, are always so devoted to each other, i.e. "feeding" each other attention.

    There are also Biblical references to Turtle Doves...
    Psalm 74: 19 O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

    and Song Of Solomon 2:2
    The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land;


    Just like salt seasons/flavors food, so a father's advice will season/flavor your life. His words of wisdom will stay with you. You cannot separate it from your life just as you cannot take salt out of your food once it's put in.

    Too many people calling a dog at once will confuse it....Too many people talking at once will confuse a situation, creating havoc and misunderstanding.
     
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