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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But this child , Vel ' ekhaya , who was older now , had something he wanted to
say about this matter of the young woman ' s suitors . He said , “ My sister ( that is
, his mother ) cannot marry , because I am here ! My sister must remain here at ...
name is Vel ' ekhaya . But now you ' re arguing that your sister cannot marry , and
that argument I cannot accept , Child of my daughter . " Then Vel ' ekhaya said , “
No , Grandfather , I didn ' t know that you would ever agree that my sister ...
Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. of marriage establishes a pillar for a woman , whose nature is to
lean on a man . That is why you must marry . Now , as for Vel ' ekhaya , we want
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