Archive for July 27, 2009

Kazakh Proverbs on Shame

The following Kazakh proverbs have to do with shame. I’m ashamed that my place is in such disarray after teaching four weeks of summer school. InTENsive summer school. Some of the proverbs are understandable, a couple I could use some Kazakh readers comments to help explain.

The man is unashamed and satisfied; the woman is dissatisfied and modest. (maybe this means the man doesn’t have shame so he can stop (in an argument) but the woman does have shame and cannot stop (she keeps talking).

Shame is stronger than death.

The ashamed (girl) cannot not just stand still. (if you are ashamed you will not stand up with straight posture.)

The shameless one eats what is not designated for him.

The unashamed (i.e. uninhibited) person should be a singer, the industrious person should be a cobbler (tailor) who makes boots. (if you are not shy you should be a singer, if you are not lazy you should be a shoe maker.)

The unashamed face usually has a tireless jaw.

Three things are without shame: sleep, laughter, food.

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