Research sponsored by: Don Sybertz, with special thanks to Rev Joe Healey (African Proverbs, Sayings and Stories)
Mbuki ya lusumo lwenulu lulilola bhalimi abho bhadahaile igiki, ungunda gobho gumanyike ukubhanhu. Giko lulu, bhagalimaga bho gwibhisabhisa, kugiki abhanhu abhangi bhakije ugudebha uko bhagalimilaga. Bhagiitaga imilimo yabho bho mbisila.
Aliyo ululyushiga ilikanza lya gufega na gupemba amasaga, ilyochi ligulolelwa duhu na bhanhu. Ahenaho igubhiza giki, imbisila yabho, abhanhu bhenabho, yamanyikaga ukubhanhu abho bhalibhadahaile igiki bhadebhe uko bhagalimilaga imigunda yabho.
Hukwene guhaya giki, uyo agulimaga ng’wilago agumanyikila kulyochi. Ichiniko humo ulusumo lwenulo lugandija uguhayiwa na bhanhu. Huna giko umo lugigelela lulu ulusumo lwenulo.
Ulusumo lwenulo, lugalenganijiwagwa na munhu uyo atogilwe gubhisa mhayo uyo gudadulile ugubhiswa ikanza ilihu, ulu gugigela gugukumuka na gubhitilija noi, kunguno, bhanhu bhingi bhagugudebha.
Lulilanga kubhanhu kuleka gwita iyabhubhi, kunguno uyo agwitaga yabhubhi, agumanyika duhu, ulugalashige amakanza ga guidebha abhanhu imihayo yiniyo. Idichiza ugwita nimo bho mbisila uyo gudadulile gubhiswa kubhanhu.
KISWAHILI: YULE ALIMAYE KWENYE BONDE ATAJULIKANA PALE MOSHI UTAKAPOJITOKEZA
Chanzo cha methali hii huwaangalia wakulima ambao hawataki kwamba, shamba lao lijulikane kwa watu. Hivyo basi, watu hao huwa wanalima kwa kujifichaficha ili watu wengine, wasijue, kule walimiyapo. Hufanya hivyo kwa siri. Hufanya kazi zao kwa kujicha.
Lakini ukifika wakati wa kufyeka na kuchoma vichaka moto, moshi utawawezesha watu kuona utakapoanza kutoka. Hapo itakuwa hivi, siri yao watu hao imejulikana kwa watu ambao, wao hawakutaka wafahamu kule wanakolimia mashamba yao.
Ndiyo kusema kwamba, ‘Yule alimaye kwenye bonde atajulikana pale moshi utakapojitokeza. Hivyo basi ndivyo methali hiyo ilivyoanza kusemwa na watu. Hivyo ndivyo methali hiyo ilivyopatikana, na kuanza kutumiwa na watu mbali mbali.
Methali hii, hulinganishwa na watu ambao hupenda kufika neno ambalo haliwezi kufichwa kwa muda mrefu. Litakapojulikana litaenea mpaka kupitiliza sana, kwa sababu, watu wengi watalifahamu.
Methali hii, hufundisha watu kuacha kufanya mabaya, kwa sababu afanyaye mabaya, atajulikana tu, utakapofika wakati wa watu kuyafahamu maneno hayo. Siyo vizuri kufanya kazi kwa siri, ambayo huwezi kuwaficha watu kwa muda mrefu.
“Wakati wale wanawake wakiwa njiani wakienda, baadhi ya wale askari waliokuwa wakilinda kaburi walienda mjini na kuwaeleza viongozi wa makuhani kila kitu kilichokuwa kimetukia. Baada ya viongozi wa makuhani kukutana na wazee na kutunga hila, waliwapa wale askari kiasi kikubwa cha fedha wakiwaambia, “Inawapasa mseme, ‘Wanafunzi Wake walikuja wakati wa usiku na kumwiba sisi tulipokuwa tumelala.’ Kama habari hizi zikimfikia mtawala, sisi tutamwondolea mashaka nanyi hamtapata tatizo lo lote. Kwa hiyo wale askari wakazipokea hizo fedha nao wakafanya kama walivyoelekezwa. Habari hii imeenea miongoni mwa Wayahudi mpaka leo.” (Mathayo 28:11-15).
“Kwa kuwa hakuna kilichofichika ambacho hakitafunuliwa, wala hakuna jambo lo lote la siri ambalo halitaletwa nuruni. Mwenye masikio ya kusikia na asikie.”” (Marko 4:22-23).
ENGLISH: HE WHO CULTIVATES IN THE VALLEY IS IDENTIFIED BY SMOKE
The source of this proverb looks at farmers who do not want their field to be known to other people. So, these farmers hide in secret so that other people would not know it. They do their job secretly though in vain. When the time of preparing their field which is done by burning hot shrubs, the smoke will enable other people to see them as well as their fields. In the meantime, their secrets will become known to people whom they did not want to know where they are farming their fields. That is, ‘The farmer in the valley will be known when the smoke is coming.” So that is exactly what the proverb was saying to people. That is how the proverb was found and started to be used by different people. This proverb is likened to people who like to hide something that cannot be hidden for a long time. When it is known, it is going to be spread widely, because many people will know it. This proverb teaches people to stop doing evil because the wrongdoer sooner or later will be known by other people. It is also not good to work secretly, a work that one cannot hide for a long time.
“While those women were on their way, some of the guards who were guarding the tomb went to the city and told the priests of all the things that had happened. After the priests met the elders and made a trick, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money saying, “It should be said, ‘His disciples came at night and stole us while we were asleep.'” If these news come to the ruler, we will remove him from doubt and you will never get any problem. So the soldiers received the money and did as they were instructed. This news has spread among the Jews until now.” (Matthew 28: 11-15).
“Since there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed, neither is there any secret that will not be brought to light. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. “(Mark 4: 22-23).