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Proverb

For archive (Updated on February 14, 2019)

Characteristics

A proverb

  • is a simple and concrete saying
  • is often passed down generations
  • is told and retold repeatedly
  • conveys a truth
  • based on common sense
  • may have origins in the History and Holy Books

Most languages have proverbs.

Burmese Proverbs

During our younger days, we read a series of books on Burmese Proverbs written by a Headmistress.

Saya Dr. Hla Pe, Professor at the School of Oriental and Asian Studies (in the UK), published a book on Burmese Proverbs.

Dueling Proverbs

Some proverbs seem to be contradictory.

Each may be correct based on the context.

Examples of Dueling Proverbs:

“Look before you leap” and “He who hesitates is lost”.

Two Burmese proverbs related to relocation

Ta Ywa Ma Pyaung Thu Kaung Ma Phit
(One will not progress if one does not relocate).

Thay Chin Day Kyar Taw Pyaung
(A tiger who wants to face death relocates to a new forest).

Is relocation (moving to a new place or finding a new job) beneficial or harmful?

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