China is home to one of the largest and oldest societies in the world, and presently contains fifty-six ethnic groups. Among them is the Zhuang, the largest of the minority populations, which partakes in a very long history of preliterate oral traditions. This volume presents an introduction to Zhuang language and culture in Zhuang proverbs. The two thousand proverbs explored in this text bear the weight of Zhuang history and culture, and embody the wisdom collected from publications, manuscripts, and the speeches of the people who live in Zhuang villages. These proverbs are grouped into nine sections: Truths; Morality; Family; Everyday Life; Social Life; Labor; Nature; Customs; and Politics. Together, they form an essential distillation of the Zhuang history, tradition, philosophy, and most importantly, its legacy. This accessible introduction – which includes translations in Zhuang Pinyin letters, Mandarin, and American English for each proverb – provides an important corpus for the study of the Zhuang ethnic group by scholars, students, and others who are interested in Zhuang language, culture, folklore and oral traditions, and proverbs.
Chapter 4. Gwndaenj 生活 Everyday Life
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1039. Ae cix gwn raemxdiengz hing. 咳嗽就喝姜糖水。 When coughing, drink sweet ginger water.
1040. Aeu naemj ndei le cij gangj, mbouj ndaej gangj le cix naemj. 要想好了再说，不要说了才想。 Think before you speak, not after you’ve spoken.
1041. Aeu siengj ndangdaej ndei, gwn ngaiz gaej daiq imq. 要想身体好，吃饭莫太饱。 If you want to keep healthy, do not eat too much.
1042. Ak gwn onj ninz, mingh souh bak bi. 能吃能睡，长命百岁。 Eating well and sleeping well make a long life.
1043. Aen aek mbouj enj mbaq aeu gungq. 胸膛不挺背要驼。 Stooping over makes a crooked back.
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