Wisdom of the Day 15: El muerto al hoyo y el vivo al bollo
Buenos Dias familia,
Back again with another Wisdom of the Day for y'all. So, for those who don't know, in this thread, we will discuss the proverb or expression, your understanding, and its translation. I also noticed some have even offered phrases that serve as synonyms, THAT'S GREAT! As well, pictures are always welcome! Your participation is what makes this fun and keeps the learning locomotive running.
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I think it should be: El muerto al hoyo y el vivo al bollo. Literally, the dead in the hole and the living in the bun. It reminds me of the Biblical saying, "Let the dead bury the dead."
Here is the verse in Spanish, from the NVI translation, Lucas 9:60: "Deja que los muertos entierren a sus propios muertos, pero tú ve y proclama el reino de Dios."
Let the dead bury the dead, something like "let bygones be bygones"... Like I understand it: Forget the past and live for today.
''The dead to the hole and the living to the bun/ bump''
Bun/ bump probably refers to the saying '' You have a bun in the oven'' meaning you are pregnant.
Maybe the saying means when someone dies (or leaves the earth) there is always new light (some one else is born) :S
I personally believe in this. Trinidadians are superstitious and usually when someone dies, especially within the family, and a relative is pregnant we usually say that the pregnant person is having the person who died or a recantation of them.
Hmmm, ¡tengo que estrujarme la mollera otra vez!
It obviously has something to do with death, or the dead, los difuntos... as such, they would have no use for bollos or bolillos... it's the worms that are doing the dining anyway... so, back to the 'dearly departed': having no use for food, what else would they no longer 'need' or 'require?' Well, the most apparent thing would be the living! Sure the living can say prayers and bring flowers to their final resting place, but for the most part, the Dead have no connection with the Living, their former relatives, former enemies and former friends... basically, the dead have nobody, neither friend nor foe....
In my part of the world we say 'El muerto al pozo y el vivo al gozo'
That hoyo/bollo version is new to me, never heard it before.