Structural violence and cultural projects in malawian aids proverbs. People use proverbs actively to achieve their own cultural views. Broke country - 15th poorest country in the world. Paper focuses on the southern part of malawi. Bare land - cut down all the trees, soil erosion, lots of farming. Highest rates of hiv in the country (rates higher in women) Proverbs came up in the context of this - asked other questions and the proverbs came up. Proverbs convey timeless truth - as if aids has always been with us. Proverbs have a lot of rhetorical devices which is how we recognize them. People use special registers to talk about taboo topics - universal. E. g. cancer can also be referred to as the big c. Proverbs allow malawians to perform a footing shift when discussing the taboo topic of aids - do not have to talk about it in details.