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Saturday, January 16, 2016

telugu cats

"The cat wishes to see your eyes out, and the dog wishes to see you have children."
If you're a Telugu speaker, you know why already. If not, you'll see the sense of it: you'll slop the food about and the kids will feed them anyway, so both pets will be well fed! So of course each wants you in a position to their own advantage.
Those dog proverbs from a couple of days ago tickled my fancy so much I went back for cat proverbs and was not disappointed. Look!

- When they tied a waist cord of prawns round the cat's loins it went a little way and then ate up the whole. (Said of someone who doesn't appreciate the honors conferred.)
- Like a cat shutting her eyes, and fancying that no one could see her drinking the milk. (Someone thinks they are invisible when doing wrong.)
- Kill a cat, kill a Brahman. (Both equally sinful. Cats must have gotten a better rep than dogs.)
- A cat (is as sacred as) a Brahman, and the stool (used for prayers) is as sacred as his wife. (Wait, what?)
- Going to a marriage with a cat under your arm. (Disregarding the social niceties - for some reason, cats are bad luck at weddings.)

- Carr, M. W. d. 1871. (1868). A collection of Telugu proverbs. Madras: Printed and sold at the Christian knowledge society's press, pp. 255-6

1 comment:

parlance said...

I love these sayings you're collecting lately, because they give an insight into ways of seeing the world other than our Western way.