Some few Luhya Proverbs you did not know. 1. Anavulekwa yirha imbongo. 2. Chenda kalaa yola mumbo. 3. Buli akhashere nobufira bwakho 4. Abachesi babili. Popular luhya proverbs and sayings from mulembe nation with titbits and stories that unraveal their meaning. Maragoli proverbs, Bukusu proverbs, Idakho. It’s not often that one can link African oral literature with the modern science of epidemiology. Such an intricate exercise. Continue reading · Luhya Culture.

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Eliani lilekwa nelimalanga obusuma The relish that is looked upon, is the one that ends up helping finish the pap — also extended to fellows who are looked upon before a competition It is said when you hide your child who is a thief, he will come back to your house at rob everything you have. It means those who cannot hear what they are being told is only death or grave help them to hear because they are beyond human. Anavulekwa yirha imbongo… Tiriki proverb that him that was despised killed a bufallo 2.

Moreover, you will rarely find a man or woman from Luhyaland divorcing a wife or husband. To keep alive its dialects and honor its marriages with other native sounds. A messenger cannot be beaten. On the other hand, the number 8 is considered a lucky number. OR omunyuu kwolekaa nikwooo kworonga- the stew that you despise is what saves you.

In the approximate order of their gravity such offences are: At the core of the Luhya region, particularly in Khwisero, you will rarely find young and old men and women conversing in English or Kiswahili when exchanging greetings.

When a person falls luswa or an animal falls kiragithey are said to be ritually contaminated or in a state of ritual impurity and must be avoided until lustration rites have been performed to cleanse them and exorcise the demons.

The eyes of the in-law belittle what they have seen. Other popular gospel music from this place are Lisaala Lirelanga Vuyaanzi Prayers bring love amongst peopleand Musamaria Good Samaritan.

If it is of the same sex as the questioner, that is seen as positive and negative if they are of opposite sex. This proverb is used because most people tend to hide evil done especially the person doing evil is a relative.


There is a lot we have, can and will mourn about the erosion of Mulembe nation’s ever giving body of folklore. As a result, ladies from puhya region of Kenya are regarded the most admired.

Burerere sebuli ne omwami ta — sleepiness has no king. Among the Wanga, however, it is considered lucky to stumble with the left foot when going out on a journey but unlucky to stumble with the right.

Proverbs & Sayings – Luhya

Hence it is considered anti social for an inferior person to stand on the right hand side of a strong fellow because that is deemed as wanting to take his strength away. Were wa Bulinji said: Closer home to their current domicile of the lands at the foot of Mt. It is a great idea to have a section of Luhya proverbs on Internet.

Here is a table showing some of the popular traditional names given to both men and women from this ethnic group:.

19 Funny Kenyan Proverbs That’ll Leave You On The Floor

Competition exhausted the lungs. If a person has seven children, he never admits the fact and prefers to say he has six or eight. To avert the danger which the lyhya portents, he is driven away with a firebrand.

Hurry hurry has no blessings. There are numerous Luhya gospel songs, and most of them are directly translated from hymn books and other English gospel music.

Special lustration rites must be performed if the diviner detects that an illness which has befallen someone has been caused by that person having killed a python even if it is luhyaa years ago.

Nandachererwa yatsia nako ebukhwe- in English- whoever does not allow anyone to advise him, will one day a shame himself in front of his in-laws.

If anyone has proverbs to add to this page or any of the other proverbs pages, please feelfree to make a comment. Among the Bukusu and Luhys, if someone sets off on a journey he must ask the first person he meets if his first born is a boy or girl.

This proverb is used to warn those who like doing lujya in a hurry manner without thinking of consequences. Isaatsi in luhya is used to fetch water from the stream, and it is believed it can break near the door when bringing it down from your head. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.


Luhyw luhya land in-laws are extremely respected in that even greeting your mother in-law direct handshaking is a taboo. It is a taboo to cut nails prkverbs finger and toe nails at night because it is believed evil spirits will haunt you.

Similarly a person would avoid possessing seven cows, seven goats or seven objects of any sort. They will be added to the page above. The Japanese also dislike Friday the13th and there are no seats with numbers 4, 9 and 13 on passenger planes of the All Nippon Airways. Okania kevilila, oswala niye okhevilila ta- bukusu Nancy Mukasia said: Olukhwi lworenya nilwo lukhusamba the firewood you fetch is the one kuhya burns you.

Thanks to be my fellow for great en cougement proverbs that would build us current wicked generation. Or He who did not venture out took a despised object to his in-laws. As a result, there was family separation.

Tag: Maragoli Sayings & Proverbs

In doing so, we hope to mellow these phrases and pop open the richness of the luhya language in all its intonations.

They were blessed with four male children, the patriarchs of the four major Maragoli clans: Nine is pronounced “ku” which has the same pronunciation as agony or torture.

It is used to discourage laziness with excuse that God will do for you all you need while seated. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Luscious, even if the oral tool of the day is a blog post. Low Cost of Maintenance: Among the Maragoli this phenomenon is classed under two types luswa and kiragithe former referring to persons and the latter to animals from Gunter Wagner: Khulira ;roverbs lulala we eat of the same journey.