Tuesday, May 28, 2024
THE APPEAL OF YORUBA LANGUAGE

THE APPEAL OF YORUBA LANGUAGE

– Yoruba language is so beautiful that one could almost ‘feel it physically.’

 YORUBA: Aanu oju kii je ki won t’owo b’oju. Iberu ejo kii je ki won t’omo ejo mo’le. Aanu epo kii je k’a s’akara nu. T’igi t’ope ni saanu afo’mo l’oko. Gbogbo eda, e b’owo t’emi wo mi.

ENGLISH: The empathy for the eyes precludes people from poking eyes with fingers. The aversion for snakes forbids people from treading on the litters of snake. The consideration for palm-oil prevents humans from wasting bean-cake. Both trees and and palm-trees accommodate mistletoes at the farm. All creatures, accord me the reverence that I deserve.

IMAGE: Mistletoe on a tree (the plant has no roots of its own in the soil, but thrives on other plants.) Hence, the saying that both trees and and palm-trees accommodate mistletoes at the farm.

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