27 September 2011

Tsumo - Shumo


Shure kwenzara
maguta.

After famine follows abundance (of crops).

In spite of being exposed to so many vagaries of nature, the Shona people strongly believe that things will finally work out to their advantage. This is a popular proverb quoted to encourage anybody in a desperate situation.

-- Shona Proverb
From Tsumo - Shumo by Mordikai A. Hamutyinei and Albert B. Plangger


24 September 2011

Who's The Boss?


A couple of impala bucks testing each other. They were part of a herd of young bucks at the Antelope Park in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Possibly the winner would consider challenging the dominant buck in the game park for his harem.


20 September 2011

Tsumo - Shumo


Homwe yerombe haina chainosiya.

A beggar's bag takes everything.

The have-nots cannot choose. They have to accept anything, however small. Like the English saying, "Beggars can't be choosers."

-- Shona Proverb
From Tsumo - Shumo by Mordikai A. Hamutyinei and Albert B. Plangger


13 September 2011

Tsumo - Shumo


Chimedza matore
haachadzipwa nepfupa remhuru.


One who is used to eat old cows will not be choked by a calf bone.

A person feels confident of being able to do small things when he has successfully undertaken bigger and more difficult tasks in the past.

-- Shona Proverb
From Tsumo - Shumo by Mordikai A. Hamutyinei and Albert B. Plangger


07 September 2011

06 September 2011

Tsumo - Shumo


Shungu dzinomona kana musungo wapotsa.

Grief grips (the heart) if a set snare misses (its target).

When people fail to achieve what they have firmly hoped to get they become very disappointed. For instance, an employee will be very worried if his hopes for promotion are not fulfulled.

-- Shona Proverb
From Tsumo - Shumo by Mordikai A. Hamutyinei and Albert B. Plangger