Kikuyu proverbs

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Proverbs from all Kikuyu speaking parts of the world.

Illness[edit]

  • Mugiri rwa kunyitura agirire rwa kunyitia.
    • Translation: One can cause the illness which he wanted to cure.
    • English equivalent: The remedy is often worse than the disease; Burn not your house to rid it off the mouse.
    • Meaning: The effect of a treatment or bodily enhancement – whether pharmaceutical or not, whether a household remedy or professional-ordained – is often worse than what it was intended to cure or alleviate.
    • Source: Macmillan (1960). 1,000 Kikuyu proverbs: with translations and English equivalents. The Clarendon press. Yiddishn kultur-kongres. p. 55.