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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This collection of stories and observations by Nongenile Masithathu Zenani
provides an unprecedented view , by a gifted intellectual and artist , of an oral
society from within . During a period of two years , from 1968 to 1969 , and again
MASITHATHU ZENANI ON STORYTELLING Storytelling , said Masithathu Zenani
, is a sensory union of image and idea , a process of recreating the past in terms
of the present ; the storyteller uses realistic images to limn the present , and ...
Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. Tale 17 HAMIOSE , THE WIFE WHO WAS CREATED FROM A
TREE Masithathu Zenani ' s Analysis : This tale , a story of marital infidelity , has
to do ...
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