Handebo Hankore Harsana 1, Tsegaye Abie Gebeyehu 2,*
1 Department of English Language and Literature, College of Social Science and Humanities, Kebri Dehar University, Kebri Dehar, Ethiopia.
2 Department of English Language and Literature, College of Social Science and Humanities, Wachemo University, Hossana, Ethiopia.
*Corresponding author: Tsegaye Abie Gebeyehu
The main purpose of this study was to analyze overriding themes of Tambaro proverbs. Data were collected through interview, focus group discussion and ob-servation. Snowball sampling and purposive sampling techniques were employed. Collected proverbs were translated from source language (Tambarissa) to target language (English) through communicative approaches, categorized and analyzed according to their themes which are portrayed through proverbs of Tambaro. The analysis was carried out through the descriptive method following the qualitative design. Accordingly, it was identified that, conflict resolution and Molliyae (LemallaMolla meetings) are found to be the most important social contexts where in the proverbs are dominantly used where senior people or elders of the society come together and perform proverbs while resolving conflicts. The findings of the study shows that basic themes Tambaro proverbs are the roles of elders, ways of managing some social disputes, way of resisting economic difficulty, issue of identity and cooperation. Based on the results of the study that further researches need to be conducted to document and preserve the proverbs.
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How to cite this paper
An Investigation on the Subject Matter of Tambaro Proverbs
How to cite this paper: Handebo Hankore Harsana, Tsegaye Abie Gebeyehu. (2020) An Investigation on the Subject Matter of Tambaro Proverbs. Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, 4(2), 149-158.