Monday, August 31, 2009

A Monkeys' Wedding

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When I was a kid, my mama told me that if it rains and the sun shines at the same time it's known as "A Monkeys' Wedding".

I'm interested to know if there's any specific term for, or folklore attached to, this type of occurrence in your part of the world or in your culture.

I photographed this double rainbow at sunset, it was at the edge of a thunderstorm and light rain was falling, ... It seemed so close that I thought I could make it to the pot of gold, ... but then I became confused and couldn't make up my mind which one to head for ...

... alas, I'm still a poor man ... :)



  1. I was told that when it rained and shone at the same time, a leopard was mourning the death of his first born!

    For the past few days I've been going over your blog. Now, I want to move to Namibia - or to live in a baobab tree.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I'll certainly be back here again.

    - Ubarikiwe

  2. Hey thanks for your visit and comment Ubarikiwe - I appreciate it ... that's interesting about the leopard, I've not heard that before ...

    An American friend told me that when it rains while the sun shines it means the Devil is beating his wife ... hehe

    Yeah, I imagine that a baobab tree would be where a wise person could sit and meditate ...

  3. Yes, I, too was always told this by my mother when I was growing up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe. The other day it was raining with the sun shining at the same time, & I heard myself telling my daughter the same thing & she asked me 'Well, how do you know THAT, Mama ?' and I heard myself saying 'Well, Granny told me that when I was a little girl' (who heard it from her mother - who was born in Zambia - when she was growing up) - so there you have it ! I wonder if it's an African folklore thing ? (P.S. I am finally spending some time reading back through some of your old blog posts - just incase you wondered why you were suddenly getting comments on posts written ages ago !) Oh & I enjoyed your post on the Tinga Tinga artwork which originates from here - I have some in my house and it is so unsual and unique, I really love it !

  4. Thanks Lynda - not many people would spend time going through someone else's old posts ... I appreciate it.

    Yeah, I wonder too if the monkeys' wedding thing has it's roots in African folklore ...

    ... as for Tinga Tinga - I absolutely LOVE his work ...

    Perhaps someday you could do a post on your African Art collection?