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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He was alone , he had no wife : a homestead was therefore built for him , then a
young woman from the royal residence became his wife . This man ' s name was
Ngwevu . As his village increased in size , it became known as the place of ...
She became emaciated , aching because of what had occurred . But her
husband was not at all concerned . Eventually , she recovered from the birth , and
then she became a woman who merely existed . She resigned herself and her
heart to ...
It became clear that her daughter should not marry because there was no son in
this house . This girl , who did not marry , must be addressed as a prince . And ,
as a prince , two " wives " had to be gotten for her . So her wives were created .
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