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African Proverbs & Myths. Flocabulary Lyrics Mother Africa, I know that your people pass knowledge through stories and sayings and rhymes. I know your.

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1 African Proverbs & Myths

2 Flocabulary Lyrics Mother Africa, I know that your people pass knowledge through stories and sayings and rhymes. I know your people are very wise. What do the people of Libya say? The people of Libya say: The camel does not see the bend in its neck. What do the Fula people say? The Fula people say: Patience can cook a stone. What do the Ashanti say? The Ashanti say: If you understand the beginning Well, the end will not trouble you.

3 Flocabulary Lyrics What do the people of Tanzania say? The people of Tanzania: Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. What do the Ethiopians say? The Ethiopians say: When one is in love, a cliff Becomes a meadow. And what do the Ewe people say? The Ewe people say: Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.

4 The people of Libya say: The camel does not see the bend in its neck. Meanings: It is easy to see the faults in other people, but harder to see your own. For hundreds of years, the camel was the car of the desert, and in many places it still is. Able to travel long stretches without water, it was the perfect animal for transporting people, food and goods across the seemingly endless sands of the Sahara. In Libya, the camels have long necks that are curved sharply. Locals, who think the camel’s neck is unattractive, believe that a camel cannot see its own ugliness.

5 The Fula people say: Patience can cook a stone Meaning: Patience can solve any problem, no matter how impossible it may seem. The Fula people live in many countries in West and Central Africa. Many Fula groups are nomadic, herding cattle and sheep across the African plains. The Fula people eat all kinds of food, but they do not eat stones. This proverb takes something that seems impossible (cooking a stone) and says it can be achieved with patience.

6 The Ashanti say: If you understand the beginning Well, the end will not trouble you. Meaning: Knowledge will free you from worry. The Ashanti people are a major ethnic group who live in central Ghana. They have a long, rich history that includes the Ashanti Kingdom, which ruled the land around present-day Ghana in the 17 th century. The Ashanti are a very proud people who believe that they have been chosen by God to do good in the world. They place a strong value on doing things well and not rushing or being lazy, and they value knowledge. Stories from ancestors are passed down every evening after dinner.

7 The people of Tanzania: Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. Meaning: Even if people have little power on their own, sticking together makes them very strong. Tanzania is a country on the east coast of Africa, bordering the Indian Ocean. The people there are a mix of original Bantu speakers and Arab traders who built settlements in the first century. They speak Swahili, but come from many different ethnic groups. But despite their varying cultures, the people know that sticking together makes them stronger.

8 The Ethiopians say: When one is in love, a cliff Becomes a meadow. Meaning: Love makes the whole world seem wonderful (but also makes you a little crazy). Ethiopia is one of the oldest countries in the world. Fossilized bones from some of the earliest human ancestors have been found there, and powerful civilizations called Ethiopia home since around 1000 BCE. The famous Greek historian Herodotus once remarked that he thought the Ethiopians were the tallest and most beautiful people in the world. They were fierce fighters; they created powerful empires and successfully

9 The Ewe people say: Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.


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