Jamaican Proverbs

Jamaican Proverbs on Power

Do you know what the proverb ” Massa haas ,massa graas” means? Learn it’s meaning in our Jamaican Proverbs on “Power “.

Massa haas ,massa graas.
TRANSLATION:The master’s horse, the master’s grass.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: 1. Having the absolute power and control.  2.To be able to take advantage without question.

Di bass sen monkey, monkey sen im tail.
TRANSLATION:The boss sends monkey, monkey sends his tail.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Inconsiderate delegation of duties.
Sending the wrong person to perform a task.
“Sending a boy to do a man’s job.”

Crab eena barrel climb pon wan aneda.
TRANSLATION:Crabs in a barrel climb on each other.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: A fight to bring the top one down, in order to gain that position.
People in limited circumstances will look out for themselves; people will fight to gain the best position; people use others to get what they want.

Mawga cow ah bull mumma.
TRANSLATION: Meager cow is a bull’s mother.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Someone with powerful connections.
Someone who appears to have nothing may be linked to someone powerful. Someone who seems low in status may high high-status connections.

Two bull cyaan rule eena wan pen.
TRANSLATION:Two buIls cannot rule in the same pen.
MEANINGS AND EXPLANATIONS: Two bosses cannot administer the same responsibility in the same location.
Two powerful personalities cannot coexist in the same space. there can only be one leader in a situation.

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