Proverbs and Sayings: An Overview
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Proverbs and Sayings:An Overview
Features of Proverbs
• Easy to remember• Widespread• Handed down
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater
How Proverbs Inform
Express Cultural Views
In a battle between elephants, the ants get squashed.
The early bird gets the worm
Themes in Hawaiian Proverbs
Ola I ka wai a ka `opua.There is life in the water from the clouds.
CanoeingThere are many sayings about canoes and navigation. The paddling of a canoe implies everyone working together.
KaloKalo (Taro) is used in proverbs to represent life, health and lineage.
Lehua BlossomIn many Hawaiian proverbs, the lehua blossom is referenced to symbolize beauty.
WorkA frequent theme is labor and it arises in many contexts such as the ability to do work, the avoidance of work, the difficulty of work, the eagerness to finish work, work as a cooperative effort and the fruits of hard work.
WaterThere are many proverbs that use water to convey meaning.
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