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The Tonga tribe, located in the Southern part of Zambia, is rich in cultural communication. The Tonga people often use proverbs to communicate important ideas with each other, to solve problems among themselves, during common conversations, and when teaching Tonga children. They also are proud that their proverbs are a source of wisdom, with every phase of life having important proverbs attached to them. The Tongas have more than 500 proverbs, however, in this article I will only look at some of them to illustrate how they could be used in presenting biblical principles in the Tonga cultural setting. This article looks at the historical background of the Tonga people, their origin, the establishment of Christianity among them, their worldview, and suggests ways of presenting Bible teachings using Tonga proverbs. The article concludes with some recommendations and conclusions.





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