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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As the bridal parties arrived , Mbulukazi was driving the beast of the bridal party ;
16 she was driving the beast of the bride17 — these beasts were two . ( And the
raven - bride was driving no such beasts . ] Mbulukazi was also carrying the ...
22 “ I have come to cause the bridal party to urinate . " There was a urination then
: ten shillings were taken out , and these were given to the woman . It was said , “
We ' re closing the door now because we ' re tired and want to go to sleep .
The women , girls , and men of the bridal party set out , and two beasts were
driven along - one was the bride ' s beast whose tail would be plucked whenever
the bride was unwell . The hair from the tail of this bride ' s beast would then be
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