Fulani proverbs

Fulani proverbs are the folk wisdom of the Fulani people, expressed in their traditional sayings such as "munyal deefan hayre" (patience can cook a stone).

The Fulani are pastoral cattle herders and so one of their traditional proverbs is "If the cattle die, the Fulbe will die".[1]



  1. ^ Patterson 1959, p. 186.


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