Mukadzi isango rehuni rino tsvakwa naani naani

Kutsvaga hukama kana kupfimba mhandara zvinhu zvinotarisirwa pachivanhu chedu

English Literal Equivalent: A woman is like a forest in which one seeks for firewood.

English Meaning: It is natural for one to seek a life partner.

Context: Picking firewood was a natural and important aspect of the village chores which would be used mostly for cooking food or heating water. Just as one would venture into the forest to seek firewood, a man, once of age, would naturally look for a woman to build a family with. In other idiomatic expressions, the Karanga often express that “Musha mukadzi” meaning a home is only possible with a woman, which is a message that is consistent in the thinking of our ancestors. In this way this proverb observes that the manner in which a man approaches a woman with noble intentions must be treated as natural act of seeking to build a family. It is also interesting to note that firewood was also essential for braving the winter cold and the imagery highlights how a woman would bring warmth to a man’s world.

Application: The proverb is used to define ambitions particularly from a man’s perspective to build a family. It is used to counsel a man who is of age or one who has delayed, that finding a life partner is a natural part of life and a necessity towards building a family. It can also be used in the case of persuading prospective in-laws, who may be difficult, that in seeking their daughter’s hand in marriage, their merely doing a natural thing.

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