Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 3

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The speech of the Borana is an Oromo langauge closely related to the speech of two other Oromo groups, the Arsi and the Guji. These three closely related forms of the Oromo language family are classified together as one language under the name Borana-Arsi-Guji Oromo. Since the speech of these three peopls is mutually-intelligible, the speech of these three peoples are officially classified as dialects of the one language under their individual names. In Ethiopia the speech of these eoples along with the separate langauges of other Oromo peoples are…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs with English Translation Part 2

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11. Woo injed’ini, woo jed warabesi English : Do not say woo, say woo, the hyena taught people the correct way to howl. 12. Hiyes Aad’ daltet jiba. English : A poor man is detested by his own mother. 13. Afuran garacha tap’ata uftolcha. English : One greedy for food makes himself playful. 14. Fardi arre kees ollu, dufu barata. English : A horse that grazes, in the same field with donkey, learns how to fart. 15. Ka duan egan jarsa kaduu dargagesa, jet sidamti English : Those who are…

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Borana Culture 

Borana Proverbs on Family relations

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1. Haadha dhabuu mannaa haadha dhabduu wayyaa. Having a destitute mother is better for one than not having mother at all. 2. Dhalaafi i ijoolleef uletu qoricha. For women and children, stick is (the right) treatment. 3. Niitii abbaan manaa mana hin jirre, du’a ga’ii fardaa dhaqxi. A wife whose husband is not at home (around) goes to condole the death of horse. 4. Ka dandeettu dhaani jennaan dhiirsi galee niitii dhaane. When he was allowed to whip whoever he can, the husband returned home and whipped his wife. 5….

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