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 ยท Luhya Culture.

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Here are their oral traditions in form of proverbs and sayings told as stories and prroverbs utilized in context in various texts on this website.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. This proverb is used to encourage hardwork in that one has to do his part and God do his part.

Luhya Tribe Facts: Songs, Proverbs, Names, Greetings โ€“ | vKenya

Rosemary, thank you for adding two more proverbs. When they have to refer to number seven, they avoid mentioning the proper numerical and instead babandu musafu mubi puhya bad luck number of people. Email required Address never made public. The luhya like chicken so much might think it is perfect but they eat dirty staffs.

This site uses cookies. Chenda kahala yoola Ebunyolo A slow but steady walker reached Luoland 2. Or He who did not venture out took a despised object to his in-laws.

Tag: Maragoli Sayings & Proverbs

Luhya people greet people in Kiluhya language. It is a taboo to cut nails both finger and toe nails at night because it is believed evil spirits will haunt you. It thought that a child inherit their parents.


The richest, boldest, full in depth and width of bevvy finds its character from its ancestors – the sour mash that’s preciously saved from one batch to the next batch. The dictionary mostly mentions nouns from Maragoli or Avaloogoli. Eshibishe neshilie A saving will be useful one day โ€” Food that is stored will be eaten when needed most 5.

They also like making greetings. Traditionallly, the Luhya believed in the dichotomy of good and evil forces. They dance traditional by shaking shoulders while proverhs songs are commonly heard during religious events such as funeral and other related occasions. If somebody sets out to see someone over an important matter and while on the way he hers a certain bird singing on his left, that is regarded as ominous and he must return home and postpone the journey.


In the approximate order of their gravity such offences are: To avert the danger which the owl portents, he is driven away with a firebrand. Eshioleka enishiyo eshioleya- In English- you eat what you despised or what you refuse is that that you will eat it one day. I have two more to add on the list: Meeting a small antelope ekisunu is considered a very good sign among the Maragoli and so is a silver squirrel with a long bushy tail.

Think before you act. Proverb is used to warn people who like hiding evil in society that one day that evil one will turn back to you and be poverbs meal for the day. They will be added to the page above. It is a great idea to have a section of Luhya proverbs on Internet.



For there were songs for funeral, harvest, and circumcision among other events. Nandakhulira kalikuhira amakombe- in English, those who does not hear what they are being told, they will hear while in the grave. These Luhya proverbs and saying demonstrate the fluidity of culture as they have gained notoriety beyond native speakers of the Luhya language and its dialects.

If it is of the same sex as the questioner, that is seen as positive and negative if they are of opposite sex. If anyone has proverbs to add to this page or any of the other proverbs pages, please feelfree to make a comment. Thanks to be my fellow for great en cougement proverbs that would build us current wicked generation.

Each song was sung for a reason. The following are some examples of luswa and kiragi: When a person falls luswa or an animal falls kiragi pdoverbs, they are said to be ritually contaminated or in kuhya state of ritual impurity and must be avoided until lustration rites have been performed to cleanse them and exorcise the demons.

The Luhya tribe, like any other community in Kenya, has common names. Notify me of new comments via email.