Introduction

MAFOKO A PELE

THE BECHUANA.

The object of this book is to save from oblivion, as far as this can still be done, the proverbial expressions of the Bechuana people, who inhabit the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Southern Rhodesia, the Northern Divisions of Cape Colony, including Griqualand West, the whole of the Orange Free State and the Western Half of the Transvaal.

BECOANA.

Maikaelelo a buka e ke go kokoanya maele a Secoana gore a seka a nyelelela dikokomana tsa rona, jaka gompieno re aname le bophara joa Dikoloni tsa South Afrika cotlhe.

According to traditions, the Bechuana migrated from the far interior during the fifteenth century. Some Central African places, hundreds of miles north of Bechuanaland, now occupied by tribes speaking entirely different languages, bear such Sechuana names as Naka-tsa-Pudi (Goat's-horns) and Mosi-oa-Thunya (the smoke explodes).

Becoana tlholegong ba dule ko teng-teng ga Afrika ka nyaga tsa bo 1,400. Mafelo mangoe ko kgakala-kgakala ko nageng tsa magare a Afrika (tse jaanong di agiloeng ke merafe e e buang puo di sele) a santse a nale maina a Secoana, jaka bo “Naka-tsa-Pudi” le “Mosi-oa-Thunya”.

THEIR DISPOSITION AND HABITS.

Historians describe the Bechuana as the most peace-loving and timid section of the Bantu. Their statements, however, do not seem to be quite in accord with the facts; for fighting their way south, from the Central African lakes, some of the Bechuana tribes became known as “The People with the Sharp-spear”. And if I am not much mistaken they were the only Natives who indignantly, though vainly, protested against the South African Defence Act which debars Native citizens from joining the Citizen Volunteer Force.

MAITSEO A BECOANA.

Bakoadi ba ditiragalo tsa Afrika bare Becoana ke morafe o o boruthoe o o ratang kagisho. Bare Becoana ba faphegile mo merafeng e mengoe e mencho ka go bisa go rata ntoa jaka Matebele. Fa u tlhokometse botshelo jo ba bo tshedileng go coa ko Matsheng a Central Afrika motho o kare bakoadi baa fosa. Gonne moshupa-tsela oa khuduga ea bone e ne e le lerumo, fa go tlaa tloga gotoe Becoana bangoe ke “ba ga Rungoana le bogale”.

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Introduction

MAFOKO A PELE

THE BECHUANA.

The object of this book is to save from oblivion, as far as this can still be done, the proverbial expressions of the Bechuana people, who inhabit the Bechuanaland Protectorate, Southern Rhodesia, the Northern Divisions of Cape Colony, including Griqualand West, the whole of the Orange Free State and the Western Half of the Transvaal.

BECOANA.

Maikaelelo a buka e ke go kokoanya maele a Secoana gore a seka a nyelelela dikokomana tsa rona, jaka gompieno re aname le bophara joa Dikoloni tsa South Afrika cotlhe.

According to traditions, the Bechuana migrated from the far interior during the fifteenth century. Some Central African places, hundreds of miles north of Bechuanaland, now occupied by tribes speaking entirely different languages, bear such Sechuana names as Naka-tsa-Pudi (Goat's-horns) and Mosi-oa-Thunya (the smoke explodes).

Becoana tlholegong ba dule ko teng-teng ga Afrika ka nyaga tsa bo 1,400. Mafelo mangoe ko kgakala-kgakala ko nageng tsa magare a Afrika (tse jaanong di agiloeng ke merafe e e buang puo di sele) a santse a nale maina a Secoana, jaka bo “Naka-tsa-Pudi” le “Mosi-oa-Thunya”.

THEIR DISPOSITION AND HABITS.

Historians describe the Bechuana as the most peace-loving and timid section of the Bantu. Their statements, however, do not seem to be quite in accord with the facts; for fighting their way south, from the Central African lakes, some of the Bechuana tribes became known as “The People with the Sharp-spear”. And if I am not much mistaken they were the only Natives who indignantly, though vainly, protested against the South African Defence Act which debars Native citizens from joining the Citizen Volunteer Force.

MAITSEO A BECOANA.

Bakoadi ba ditiragalo tsa Afrika bare Becoana ke morafe o o boruthoe o o ratang kagisho. Bare Becoana ba faphegile mo merafeng e mengoe e mencho ka go bisa go rata ntoa jaka Matebele. Fa u tlhokometse botshelo jo ba bo tshedileng go coa ko Matsheng a Central Afrika motho o kare bakoadi baa fosa. Gonne moshupa-tsela oa khuduga ea bone e ne e le lerumo, fa go tlaa tloga gotoe Becoana bangoe ke “ba ga Rungoana le bogale”.