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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The only thing is - my arms were cut off . I got into this garden through that hole
there , where the hogs come in . I threw myself to the ground , then crawled
through . It is very difficult for me to stand . I can ' t get up when I ' m on the ground
actually came from your father , that devious man , the filthy one who cut your
arms off . He is the one who is driving you from your marriage . You really do
have a good marriage . You shall live well , my child ! " Her right arm was now
They sent a messenger to her homestead of marriage , to explain what had
happened to her , to explain that this young woman was here now — with arms .
They sent a person over there to her homestead of marriage , and he arrived with
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