New web dossier: Proverbs in African Languages

Fragment of kanga with Swahili text “Haraka haraka haina baraka” (Hurry hurry has no blessing). (Source: Kanga Collection Textile Research Centre Leiden, Photo: Hans Splinter)

Proverbs are held in high esteem in African societies, as are the people, often elderly, who know many and are able to apply them appropriately and convincingly. To mark the Year of Indigenous Languages, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier on proverbs in African languages. The dossier includes titles from the ASCL Library collection and the broader Leiden University Library collection, extended with web sources. It also includes a Wikidata Map, indicating geolocated topics co-occurring with African proverbs as main subjects. Check out the web dossier!