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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stead where there was a feast , and I lost count of the days . We spent a number
of days there . We had hoped that we would not have to go on . But we did move
on because the children there made fun of us , and they were not scolded for it .
Do you see that hill in the distance there ? On the upper side of the homestead ?
" He said , “ Yes . " “ Those are heads over there . The heads of people who have
come to ask for Mangangedolo ' s daughter ! Your head could also be thrown ...
How could she give birth while she was starving ? Well , you ' ll return to your
home in the morning . " His sisters - in - law were there , and there were some
young men there too , and boys ; his father - in - law was there and his mother - in
- law ...
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