(Version in Hokkien)
Men Knia Thnia
(Version in English)
As long as one’s lifeline is intact
One should not complain about pain.
About this rhyme/proverb/saying:~
This Hokkien rhyme/proverb/saying encourages one to have a fighting spirit. To toil is fine and to tolerate pain like a women’s labor is also fine. If one is scourge, the degree of pain one has to endure won’t be as bad as death itself.
The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..