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9612: Re: 9591: Re: 9584: Re: 9542: Re: 9540: Haitian Proverbs (fwd)

From: Gage Averill <gage.averill@nyu.edu>

>From: aussie_grimel@adam.com.au
>I thought this proverb was:
>Kreyon Bondye pa gen gom = God's pencil has no eraser!

This was the original pawol granmoun, of course, and the "pep-la"
derivative was a political reinterpretation of the original.  In it's
revised form, it came to mean that while a progressive political change
could be reversed,  the experince of freedom and power, however temporary,
couldn't be undone and that it would reside in the popular memory.

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