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African proverbs and proverbial names

by Jonathan Musere

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This is the first book, ever, that comprehensively illustrates the relationships between African proverbs and proverbial names. Close to 700 proverbs are are heavily explored and referenced here. Though many African personal names are of proverbial origin, the issue has not been adequately explored. The literature in this book is of the Ganda people of Uganda. The Ganda form the largest ethnic group in the country, they have an impressive collection of oral and written literature that contains thousands of proverbs, and their language (Luganda) is the most widely spoken native language in Uganda. A mix of such aspects as metaphor, wisdom, sarcasm, happiness, misery, humor, instruction, disappointment, praise, affection, ethics, royal and civil roles, etiquette, past and present modes of human interaction, friendship, enmity, religion, and war is communicated in African proverbial language. Proverbs and idioms are some of the most efficient windows into African culture. Personal names associated with with proverbs mainly serve as milestone reminders of significant happenings in the life or family of the person named. It can be quite a task to translate meaning from a language and culture significantly different from the other. Even after lengthy interpretation, concepts and rationale in African culture can appear perplexing to a non-African mind. Nevertheless, the hundreds of proverbs and names here are given detailed explanation and referencing. The pronunciation is here attached to the personal names that accrue from the proverbs. Common proverbs from other cultures, that are synonymous with the ones in this book, are in many cases here given so as to further clarify meaning. There are thousands of Ganda proverbs, not mentioned in this book, that have never been sufficiently interpreted in print. Indigenous African information continues to "disappear" because of inadequate research attention. This book is intended to to give the reader a diverse understanding and appreciation of African societal dynamics, the book also serving as a naming guide on which those of African descent and those with interest in Africa and Africans can ponder. The information is presented so as to be easily comprehensible to the general reader. Further, the book would serve as a general circulation and reference book in the academic arena. Academics of such areas as anthropology, history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and sociology with reference to Africanism would benefit. The work is relevant to to such sub-fields as cultural anthropology, etymology, folklore, onomastics, and sociolinguistics.

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