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Proverbs on land and soil

Last modified June 01, 2012 13:59

Proverbs on land and soil


"Upon this handful of soil our survival depends. Husband it and it will grow our food, our fuel, and our shelter and surround us with beauty. Abuse it and the soil will collapse and die, taking humanity with it"
From Vedas Sanskrit Scripture – 1500 BC


Humanity has lived and depended on land since ancient times. Wise men and women from different places and cultures have offered words of wisdom on how precious land and soil are to our fundamental being. They had different ways of saying so. A sample of such proverbs provided by staff at the UNCCD secretariat show how deeply the land and soil are rooted in our well-being.


" 신토불이(身土不二)”, which means, “Body and Land are not two but one" was provided by Kug-Bo Shim, Republic of Korea.


"Кто земле дает, тому земля втройне отдает" states, “To the one, who gives to the land, the land gives back three times more.” Russian Proverb provided by Komila Nabiyeva. 


“Nifae na mvua nikufae na jua”, translates into, "Do me a favor in the rainy season and I'll payback in the dry season." Kiswahili saying in Central and Eastern Africa provided by Wagaki Mwangi, 


Richard Byron-Cox from St. Vincent and the Grenadines "When you have land, you have the world"  and in Germany you say  "Der Segen der Erde zum Brot uns werde" which means "It is the soil, which gives us bread". 


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