A Central Asian Proverb on Fair Weather Friends

As long as there were melons,
the relatives were score. 
But when the melons had run out,
The kinfolk were no more. 

-local oral tradition

In Central Asian culture, one’s extended family visits each other often and one’s closest friends can often be relatives. But alas, as in every culture, some of these prove to be only coming around for the metaphorical melons.

Photo by Kenny Timmeron Unsplash

3 thoughts on “A Central Asian Proverb on Fair Weather Friends

  1. ‘Wealth brings many new friends, but a poor man is deserted by his friend‘. Proverbs 19:4 The Lord said it even better!


    1. Yes! When a local proverb echoes a biblical one, it’s a great chance to point local friends to the Word. Some local proverbs are probably directly from old Judeo-Christian oral tradition in the area, such as “you reap what you sow.”


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