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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The girl , Mbulukazi , took a billycan . She said , " Mbulu , please go and dip some
water for Mother . She works all the time , we mustn ' t let things go on in this way .
We must dip some water for her . And I want to cook some boiled corn so that ...
She pounded the medicine , she pounded it , she pounded , pounded that
medicine , and put it into a billycan . Then she put the stirrer in and churned the
mixture ; it foamed up . Much foam came up . When she saw that the billycan was
Each region dips a billycan, then puts it down; each dips a billycan, and so on.
The beer that comes from the men is given to the unmarried women by the men
in the appropriate vessel. The women likewise dip beer from their apportioned ...
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