Jani kar manggang sate be pasih. Ne…kau-kau. Adeng. Adeng kau-kau. Papah punyan nyuh, katikne. Be pasih misi nyuh, misi basa, mapilit. Komang nu milit. Benjep lakar panggang. Suud panggang, makan len. Jaen.[example 1]
Now I’m going to grill some fish sate. This is … a piece of coconut husk. Charcoal. Charcoal made from the husk of a coconut. The midrib of the coconut leaf (is) the skewer for the sate. The fish is mixed with coconut and spices and then pressed around the skewer. Komang is doing that right now. Then we will grill them. And after we grill them we will eat them. Delicious.
Asep menyan maja gau; Tendas lengar matopong kau.[example 2]
This is really not a proverb, but, rather, just a “fun” rhyme or joke that is said about a bald man. The first phrase doesn’t mean anything. Literally translated it is: Smoke of Maja Gau incense. Maja Gau, of Majugau, is a wood that I widely used to produce smoke that has a nice aroma, as a substitute for sandalwood in a “Pengasepan”. The second phrase is “bald head with a hat made of kau”. “Kau” is half of an empty coconut shell. “Matapong” means “wearing a hat”. You say the second phrase to “give sense to“ the first phrase. You have to elide a bit of the second to make its meter correspond to the first.
- Annerie Godschalk
- F. Eiseman, Proverbs. 1987