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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I saw that he was crying , and I asked him what made him do that . But he would
not tell me . He just said , ' It ' s nothing ! ' I thought that he was feeling unhappy
because of our circumstances - being left behind like that . And I began to lose ...
His father asked , “ Who gathered you together here ? " The first person ... saying
that you were asking for us , that you desired to see us . " " Where is ... His father
asked him why these people had been summoned to this homestead . The elder
They asked the father , “ Have you heard what your son has said ? " He said , “
Yes , I hear him . I hear his words ... This court has asked you , Are you aware of
the situations spoken of by this young man ? Now continue , speak the facts as
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