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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A long time passed , but the woman did not become pregnant . No matter what
cures the husband sought , his wife did not become pregnant . After seeking for a
long time , they finally found someone who said that he could cure her .
He said to the baboons , " My friends , you ' ve become a real nuisance . " The
baboons merely stood there . " Yes , please , just stand there , Fellows . I ' ll come
to you . " The baboons stood there ; the man approached them . He said , “ Are all
The regular spatial movement becomes a pattern that also constitutes the
physical , imaged axis of the narrative . Temporal ... As the narrative image
sequences become more complex , the movements become more and more
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