Top 10 Bhutanese Proverbs

Bhutan, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”, is located in South Asia, in the Eastern Himalayas between Tibet and India. They celebrate their National Day on December 17th, in honor of the day their first king was coronated in 1907.

Here are the top ten Bhutanese Proverbs:

I.

The stripes of a tiger are on the outside; the stripes of a person are on the inside.

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A fire should be extinguished when it is small; an enemy subdued while young.

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III.

 If taken in excess, even mother’s milk is poison. 

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IV.

Whatever joy you seek, it can be found by yourself; whatever misery you seek, it can be found by yourself.

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V.

You must first walk around a little before you can understand the distance from the valley to the mountain.

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VI.

On the battlefield, there is no distinction between upper and lower class.

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VII.

Clear the drain before it rains.

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VIII.

Never reveal all that you know to others: They might become shrewder than you!

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IX.

If they don’t exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another.
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X.

The nose didn’t smell the rotting head.

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Thank you Bhutan!

Interesting Facts:

  • Cigarette sales and plastic bags are banned.
  • There were no electricity or roads until the 1960’s, and no internet or television until 1999.
  • It is the world’s only carbon negative country.
  • The population is 750,000 people.
  • Healthcare and education are provided by the government, with its GDP being only 2.5 billion.

What were some of your favorite Bhutanese quotes?

 

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