Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Proverb (Hinduism)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_317-1


Proverbs are generally referred to as the communal wisdom. And this oral wisdom is used by the common folks, cunning politicians, language experts, and pragmatists, as well as by the illiterate mass, facing different contexts and situations [1]. Sharing is the common currency of proverbs through which they are passed on from one generation to another. A correct usage of proverb not only provides historical, religious, and sociocultural allusions but also encapsulates the entire communicative episode or speech acts in few words.

Proverbs are metaphorical and cultural-specific and generally have two meanings: the connotative meaning is different from the denotative one [1]. Proverbs serve a descriptive as well as prescriptive role, and perhaps no other linguistic form evokes the colloquial aspect of Hinduism as succinctly as proverbs. They offer a glimpse into religion and society’s structural process-communal arrangements juxtaposing the social and material environment.



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    Dwivedi AV (2015) Proverbs and identity: a study of Hadoti proverbs. Entrepalavras 5(1):8–19. Revista de Linguistica do Departmento de LetrasVernaculus da UFCGoogle Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia