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Part 5: On consistency; honesty, openness, plain speaking, reliability


Pkt e b k wl; labalb e b y jko.
The coarse mat enters the town like a corpse; the butterfly enters the bush like a bird.
(Said of people who appear to be what they are not.) [26]

Pt-pt; l fj, kb-kumb l dt; oj -f--f-tn j n d sl.
One's blindness should be absolute, and one's leprosy should pervade the whole body; half-blindness only brings dissensions.
(One's condition should be definite, not ambiguous or undetermined.)
See also the following entry.

Pt-pt legn fa bor;.
It is completely that the masquerader covers his head with his shroud.
(One must be thoroughgoing in whatever one does.)
Compare the preceding entry.

Phnd k o re k, fara pam k o r b aen ti s.
Turn your back you and you will discover how the deceitful person behaves; hide and you will find out what the detractor is saying.
(Were one able to surprise them, one would discover the true nature of one's enemies.)

Ppn niy id; j niy ogun.
Redness is the glory of brass; efficaciousness is the glory of medicine.
(Truth to one's nature, and fulfilment of one's obligations are the determinants of one's worth.)

Pgb-pngba l b odi.
Firmly planted and unshakable is the way one finds the city fortification.
(An injunction to be firm and unshakable.)

Pur ko ny; b a b jni tn, t n d.
Lie and become renowned; once you have been found out the result is disgrace.
(The glory that results from deceit does not last.)


26. Corpses are carried on the head when being brought home from the farm or some other place; mats are also usually wrapped up and carried on the head .  [Back to text]