The World and the Word: Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition
A master storyteller of the Xhosa people of South Africa, Nongenile Masithathu Zenani gives us an unprecedented view of an oral society from within. Twenty-four of her complex and beautiful tales about birth, puberty, marriage, and work, as told to the renowned collector of African oral tradition, Harold Scheub, are gathered here. Accompanying the stories are Zenani’s detailed commentaries and analyses and Scheub’s striking photographs of her in performance. The combination of these historical and cultural observations with a richly symbolic collection of tales from a single traditional storyteller make The World and the Word a remarkable document.
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Krwebede ! Oh , really ! " The child stood there . She was quiet . Then this thing
that had been a dish was transformed - it became a head ! And this head -
Nomanaso immediately recognized it as the head of her mother . It was her
And this thing said , “ Krwebede ! " Again , Nomanaso threw something — this
time , she took her long cotton skirt , and she threw that . The head ate it and
finished it . The girl traveled for a short time , and again this thing went around to
Oh , what will I krwebede ? " It said , “ I said , Krwebede , Truly ! Krwebede , Now !
" The mother ripped off the leg of her child and threw it . The head ate the leg ,
and the mother traveled on for a brief time . Again , it cut across in front of her and
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