The Multicultural Dictionary of Proverbs

Over 20,000 Adages from More Than 120 Languages, Nationalities and Ethnic Groups

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About the Book

All cultures have proverbs that capsulize subjects simply and effectively. Many of these are cross-cultural. For example, according to a Danish proverb, “The greater the fear, the nearer the danger,” while a Latin proverb says, “The less there is of fear, the less there is danger.”
This work includes over 20,000 proverbs from more than 120 languages, nationalities and ethnic groups. The proverbs are arranged under 1,300 headings (e.g., accidents, divided loyalty, marriage, prosperity, shame), and each includes the nationality, group or language in which it originated. Comprehensive keyword and subject indexes allow access to the material in multiple ways.

About the Author(s)

Harold V. Cordry is a professor at Baker University. He lives in Tecumseh, Kansas.

Bibliographic Details

Harold V. Cordry
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 416
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, keyword & subject indexes
Copyright Date: 2005 [1997]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2262-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0735-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     vii

Preface     ix

The Dictionary     1

Bibliography     299

Keyword Index     303

Subject Index     385

Source Index     403

Book Reviews & Awards

“adds diversity to the proverbs collection by offering more than 20,000 entries that represent adages from more than 120 languages, nationalities, and ethnic groups. Entries are numbered within the alphabetically arranged topics and may be accessed through keyword, subject, and source indexes”—Booklist; “recommended”—Library Journal; “recommended highly for all types of audiences”—Choice; “a valuable and entertaining reference source”—College & Research Libraries; “the source of choice to identify proverbs”—Rettig on Reference; “thorough”—Come-All-Ye; “well-organized…not only illustrates the common insights that different cultures share but also provides a rich resource of wisdom”—ARBA; “a welcome and important volume…excellent and truly interesting scholarship…tremendous scholarly value!”—Proverbium 17.