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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Then the young men , also well dressed , get up and transport beer to the cattle
kraal . When that task is complete , they take the beer that belongs to the women
to the women ' s kraal . The billycans are prepared by the unmarried women who
BEER MAKING In the story given below Mrs . Zenani describes the preparations
for a beer party . ... The wife responsible for the brewing of the beer is instructed
by her husband that the beer must be brewed by the time this woman arrives to ...
And the beer was brewed . It was well brewed . Then it was removed from the fire
. " What shall we do now ? There are no dishes for distributing it . " “ What shall
we do ? " “ What shall we do now ? We must find some way to do it . " So said the
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