Isaga

Inyathi ibuzwa kwabaphambili

Literal EngThe buffalo is enquired from those in front.

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Ndebele

Nxa ulutho ungalwazi buza kulabo abaziyo.

Eng One should get guidance and direction from those with the knowledge and experience.

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Hunting parties usually moved in cow horn formations. Buffalos are particularly dangerous when hunting and as such, hunters had to be careful in their chase. Those in the direction in which the buffalo ran were regarded as the front ones and would have seen exactly where the buffalos went. Those that were at the back had to ask those in front so they dont chase after the beasts blindly. In this venture our ancestors learnt the lesson that one should not venture into tasks without the requisite skills and expertise or without asking those who have ventured before them for advice.
The proverb is used to discourage people from embarking on endeavours or an activity without proper knowledge. It is understood some people might have embarked on the same journey and/or activities and could come in handy if their advice and direction is sought early.
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