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Rotuman Proverb of the Week

The sayings in this section are from a book by Elizabeth Kafonika Makarita Inia, entitled ROTUMAN PROVERBS. The book was published in September 1998 by the Institute of Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. It contains some 473 sayings, of which we will post one per week.
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'Uaf pa sarap te
The hen wants to flap its wings [attack]

'Ea se hanit ne äfea se teet, äfea se teet 'e reko 'on feke ma pa haipeluag.
Said about a woman rushing around because she is angry and is looking for a fight.


angry hen

When you go near a brooding hen she will flap her wings. This saying is a way of telling children or others to stay out of a woman's way when she is in an angry mood. Can be said by a husband to his wife in a teasing way, acknowledging her grumpiness.