Proverbs in Morocco

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Every time I set down near my grand mother, talk to her and listen from her, I wonder the number of popular or traditional proverbs that she uses while discussing any topic. I always try to ask her to give me “extensive” explanations about the meanings that I can’t see behind those words. And of course she always helps me and surprises me with deep cultural traditional explanations for the proverbs she uses. Using proverbs is very common here in Morocco. It reflects the Moroccan culture, character and society. And shows the way people feel, think and what they want to say.

Many people here in Morocco use the popular proverbs as a way of giving advice, and show what the best thing to do is. For example, when someone says to another one “Either do as your neighbours do, or move away”. With this proverb it is clear that this person is advising the other to try as much as he can, not to disagree or oppose what the majority agree about. And even if he has a different point of view; he couldn’t dictate it on theme because they’ll not accept that. But what he can do is to leave those people and find others who share the same point of view or do the same thing that he does. In this context we can mention another Moroccan proverb that says “close you doors is better than you accuse you neighbours”. Which means that it’s better for you to take your precautions and insure your property, than to neglect it and lose it, and then you start accusing everyone that he steals it, and as a result of that you’ll not benefit anything, and you’ll lose both your property and your social relationships? So, giving advice by using proverbs could be very useful, influential and beautiful in the same time.

Popular proverbs can be used also in general contexts, as a way of saying wise expressions that the listener can conclude its beautiful meaning, that always makes you try to do everything that is good, and that gives you a different view about life and its...
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