nan ngon ì kóò ngon.
The maternal uncle of a child is the mother
of the child.
We have more pity on the children of our sister than those of our
brother. The maternal uncle is always ready to meet the needs of
i-bbol màdi tá, i-rai
If you respect your friend, you will build the village (at a
When two persons are working together, if one of them is arrogant,
he should not be imitated. If he thinks of himself as your
chief, or if he insults you, do not answer him, or rather, answer him
with your silence.
oo ya màdi à, oon yai o.
Listen to what is said of your friend; listen for yourself also.
When we criticise an enemy, you will also be criticised. When death
strikes your mate, remember that your turn will also come one day.
ngon àw mba tá, gèr mba.
First, the child goes on a trip, then he discovers the stranger.
Those who stay put, who do not leave the village, know very little.
To know the customs of foreigners, one must travel.
yò ì mende, ré màdí ún à, ún o.
Death is as the game of "méndé"; if your friend plays,
play with him.
"Méndé" is a game played by girls who take one another
by the arms to throw themselves. The game of "méndé"
is played together. One girl cannot play "méndé"
alone, it requires two or more players. Death leads to spending
time mourning together in large numbers. When your friend is
experiencing difficulties, you must rescue them. When your turn
comes, he will come to your rescue. Help is a mutual gift.
màn à gang, bà bbo à gang àlé.
It can stop raining, but hunger has no hunger.
During the rainy season, it might rain from morning until
evening. If one is afraid to go out, one will remain indoors,
without eating. One goes to the fields in the morning; if it
rains and one does not go, at harvest time, they will not reap a
harvest, and hence, they will go hungry. One must not be afraid
of the rain if one does not want to go hungry.
kùm ì ngè-bbol, bà ji ì ngè-ra.
LThe eyes are afraid but the hands are the ones that work.
Do not judge the difficulty of a job before actually working at it.
ngè-ta tà táà, nàl kày táà àlé.
The one who reminds the mouth of the sauce would not dare to drink
the sauce down.
When eating a meal together, if someone says, "watch out, the
sauce is almost gone, take it slowly!" This person will be
the one to profit from it. In the case of trickery, the one who
says "watch out!" is usually the one guilty of the offence.
yáá kä köy tä, i-ra kä ngàngá àlé.
The things that are on the neck or at the throat: do not do them
QWhen we have a problem, when we are at fault, or when we are
accused, it is far better to know how to resolve the situation with
wisdom rather than with force. Sometimes those who are in the
wrong do not accept that they are wrong, and this worsens their
nàjä kä tà lò söl tä i käla bajäl.
The word of the night is the tail of the black margouillat
The tail of the black margouillat is of two colours, striped white
and brown. Meetings held at night do not have value.
Serious matters are communicated in the morning, after a good night's
rest, when all parties are free from the tiredness of work or the
confusion of alcohol.
áá kä döi tä à, kä ji tä òso.
If you see what is on your head, what is in your hand will fall.
The hand holds the burden on your head. One cannot pay
attention to several things at once. If we do, everything will
fall apart all at once.
kagä àl, äsà kä bbogärò.
The one who does not climb the tree eats the fruit that is unripe.
Passers-by gather the fruit of the mango tree (etc.) that are most
easily reached, and leave the unripe fruit. Those who do not
make an effort will not have good results. When we send you to
do something and you do not go, you will be looked down upon.
kä bbi äsà mänjo àlé.
The monkey who sleeps does not eat the beans.
If you sleep, you will miss out. Those who are absent, are
always wrong. It is far better to be at events when they happen,
to avoid losing out on an opportunity.
ngè-töl hòr dòí tä.
Your neighbour is the one who kills (extinguishes) the fire at
One must never do harm to one's neighbour because we will need
their help, even if they are not from the same tribe and we ask you to
gòwró kä ngon
ì kä kùmänèé.
Even the little squash has its seeds.
The child also has ideas to share and advice to lavish upon
us. In the case of a meeting, those who are young also have
their word to say.