khemass

English translation: peasant (landless peasant or sharecropper)

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04:30 May 25, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
French term or phrase: khemass
From story by Algerian writer, set during time of French colonisation. sentence reads "Et l'homme, hier libre et orgueilleux, devint khemass aux mains de houe, devint la cendre des salamandres.
Helen Ryan
New Zealand
English translation:peasant (landless peasant or sharecropper)
Explanation:
Might also be transliterated as "Khammas" - a sharecropper (almost a serf). ie this once proud and free man is reduced to being a hoe-handed peasant.

Les métayers ou khammas recevaient le cinquième de la récolte contre leur force de travail, mais ils pouvaient parfois avoir des parts supplémentaires lors de la récolte, s'ils fournissaient les bétes de somme, ou moissonnaient ou battaient le blé ou l'orge. — (André Nouschi, Système urbain et développement au Maghreb: travaux du séminaire international de Hammamet, Cérès Productions, 1980, p. 169)

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Margaret Morrison
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5 +3peasant (landless peasant or sharecropper)
Margaret Morrison


  

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peasant (landless peasant or sharecropper)


Explanation:
Might also be transliterated as "Khammas" - a sharecropper (almost a serf). ie this once proud and free man is reduced to being a hoe-handed peasant.

Les métayers ou khammas recevaient le cinquième de la récolte contre leur force de travail, mais ils pouvaient parfois avoir des parts supplémentaires lors de la récolte, s'ils fournissaient les bétes de somme, ou moissonnaient ou battaient le blé ou l'orge. — (André Nouschi, Système urbain et développement au Maghreb: travaux du séminaire international de Hammamet, Cérès Productions, 1980, p. 169)



Margaret Morrison
United Kingdom
Local time: 00:23
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