Si Chap Kau Pang Lai Hau

(Version in Hokkien)

Si Chap Kau

Pang Lai Hau


(Version in English)

Forty Nine

Left them crying


About this rhyme/proverb/saying:~

This Hokkien rhyme/proverb/saying discourages older women (e.g a woman at forty-nine years of age) to give birth because one would not live that long to ensure one’s child would be well taken care of.

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..




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