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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As the bridal parties arrived , Mbulukazi was driving the beast of the bridal party ;
16 she was driving the beast of the bride17 — these beasts were two . ( And the
raven - bride was driving no such beasts . ] Mbulukazi was also carrying the ...
They arrived at the forest . When they got there , they gathered firewood . They
came out of the forest and stacked the wood ; they put the firewood on the edge
of the forest . They turned from where they had stacked the wood and began to ...
Yo ! Child of our father , we love you . " They unfastened the armlets and slipped
them off . They departed with them . They arrived and threw them down . " Here
they are ! What shall we do now ? " They departed , trrrrrrrrrrrrr ! They arrived ,
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