Thursday, January 20

It Pounds the Night?

I was very confused when I learned the Big Dipper was called Chipula Usiku. Chipula: to pound; Usiku: night. Translating this, I came up with "to pound the night." What did that mean?

Big Dipper (image courtesy of

I asked my neighbor, Robert, and he explained that Zambians believe the Big Dipper is the separation between last night and this morning. Therefore, a better translation would be: "it divides the night."