Proverbs are important in Bhutan. They're even featured on the walls of some schools.
This proverb highlights the ephemeral nature of who a person is... how the nature of the self changes through the different stages of life.
A Man's Life Has Nine Transformations
A man's life has nine transformations,
If it isn't nine, it's eighteen.
Gug'i mid'o capga yo
Thanks and Acknowledgements
This proverb can be found in "The Grammar of Dzongkha" by Dr. George van Driem (1992). Translation adapted by Lisa.