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Zulu Proverb - Ukhamba lufuze imbiza
Ukhamba lufuze imbiza - Literally: The calabash resembles the fire pot.
This is said of a child or offspring who takes after the parent. The obvious logic being that the same clay mined at the same mud hole, was used by the potter in making both the fire pot and the calabash. Therefore the contents may differ but the substantial matter of constitution is the same for both the fire pot and the calabash.
So this proverb actually says: Don’t you see, he actually takes after his father anyway!
There is agreement here with other ancient cultures in the Middle East and Egypt who actually saw the Creator as the Great Potter who fashioned men and women with his hands and in a way He sees fit. This metaphor was not lost to Zulus as well.
This proverb is not used for physical resemblance but for conduct, temperament and other behavioural attributes in a negative sense.
A well seasoned human being, is the one who spent most time in the Potter’s hands and in the oven, being able to withstand all problems that life throws in his or her way. But the bad human being is obviously fashioned from poor clay, and has spent little time in the oven of personal maturity and this carries even to his offspring.
Submitted by Qhakijane on 30 September 2009 - 1:33pm. categories [ ]