Pai Khar

(Version in Hokkien)

Pai Khar, Pai EoEo

Khi Snuar, Thow Barn Keo

Lang Khnuar Tiok, Keh Pang Jio

Lang Liak Tiok, Ai Ai Kio!


(Version in English)

Crippled with legs that sway

Went uphill to steal egg plants

When people are watching him, he pretended to urinate

When caught, he wails in pain!


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty is a teaser. Sad but true that cripples were also made subjects in ditties.

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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