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African proverbs about mothers (Theology brewed in an African pot)

The basis for one of Orobator’s prayers in Theology brewed in an African pot is some African proverbs the celebrate the joy and dignity of motherhood. I share the proverbs here. I wonder which ones resonate with you and which ones you find more foreign?

A mother in labor is not ashamed of nudity.

When a father punishes a child it seeks refuge in its mother’s hut.

A child on its mother’s back does not care if the journey is long.

A child cannot pay for its mother’s milk.

A child does not laugh at the ugliness of its mother.

A person who has not traveled thinks his or her mother is the best cook.

If a calf sucks greedily, it tears away its mother’s udder.

The earth is the mother of all.

The mother of a great person has no horns.

We are born from the womb of our mothers, we are buried in the womb of the earth.

Tomorrow I’ll post the prayer in its entirety.

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Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at

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