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Old Devil

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Informant Data:

Gabriel Onate is a sophomore at College. He was born and also elevated in what he explains as a “typical Mexideserve to household” in Los Angeles, The golden state. His parents are married and he has one younger brother. His family’s worths are even more conservative and also traditional compared to his own, yet he still holds onto a lot of the Mexihave the right to society and also legacies, even currently that he no much longer resides at house. On campus, Gabriel is the Undergraduate Advisor for La Casa, a living discovering area for Spanish speaking students.

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Contextual Data:

Gabriel was told this proverb in the time of his first time visiting Mexico. It was likewise his initially time meeting his grandparents and also, as a little boy, he did not know what to suppose of the trip. He kbrand-new that he would have to respect his grandpaleas no issue what, even if he did not agree via them, because that was expected in Mexican society (respecting elders no matter what). Gabriel’s mom told him this proverb to remind him that, despite his very own opinion, an older perchild is wiser and also can pass wise things onto him. Because of this, he should always respect them, bereason they most likely recognize even more and recognize much better than him. She told him this to prepare him for meeting his grandpaleas for the first time, and also, to this particular day, he still respects them regardless of their different opinions.


Orally transmitted proverb:

“Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo.”


“The devil knows more through being old than through being a evil one.”


“So tright here was this one time wbelow I, um, as a small kid…I was meeting my grandpaleas for the initially time. I was going to Mexico and…I didn’t understand what to suppose ‘cause I’d never before met my grandparents from my mom side prior to and also there’s just this entirety social thing approximately being Mexican wright here you respect your elders no matter what. Even if you disagree through them, which, to today tbelow are some things i don’t agree with my grandparents, however I still respect them because they are my grandparental fees nonethemuch less.One of the points I remember being told is,“Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo,” which literally equates to, “The adversary knows even more with being old than with being a adversary.” And I think that just went on to like… what my mommy expected to define is that it expected that, prefer, you had to respect older human being. Don’t take wisdom through old age for granted. And that’s just coming from the reality that maybe I don’t agree with whatever my grandpaleas say, however they are still wise; they have actually a lot of wise things that they have the right to pass on to me. It was really nice meeting them for the initially time.

Collector’s Comments:

This proverb falls into the layout of “Appropriate Behaviors” in Spanish Proverbs.It reflects that within Spanish society, respecting and listening to elders are vital values.The structure of the proverb, itself, has 2 clasupplies, cause and also impact, and also adheres to the “__ than __” Dundes formula. It is likewise an allegory utilizing a character (the devil), a widespread trfinish in Spanish proverbs.

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Collector’s Name: Vi Nguyen


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This entry was posted in 18F Spanish Proverbs on November 3, 2018 by f0036dc.

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