Maasai Proverbs

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jan 10 16:19:00 UTC 2003

>         So what's the explanation for the goat dung proverb?

I think of it as similar to not being able to put a round peg in a
square hole, or some more appropriate proverb I can't remember.
(Something about needing the right tool for the right job.)

The idea, to my mind, is that even something as tiny as a particle of
goat dung can't be consumed by even something as big as a large gourd
because gourds don't have mouths.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bapopik at AOL.COM [mailto:Bapopik at AOL.COM]
>Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 2:38 AM
>Subject: Maasai Proverbs
>by A Ol'Oloisolo Massek and J. O. Sidai
>52 pages, paperback
>Nairobi: Transafrica Publishers
>Pg. 39:
>A particle of goat dung cannot be eaten by a large gourd.

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