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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But an animal would be brought for Nojikolo , the woman , because she did not
eat human flesh . They departed , they hunted , then they returned . They brought
an animal along for Nojikolo , saying , “ Here it is ! Here ' s your animal , Nojikolo
He was taken to a dirty house . It had manure in it ; there were fleas and bedbugs
in it . The calves were sleeping there , the fowl were sleeping there , hogs were
coming in . A bed mat was brought ; it was new . They said that they were making
When the meat was brought in to the bridal party , the baboons rushed for it
because it had not yet been cooked , it was still raw . They said , “ Oh !
Jojothwane , oh ! " And he said , “ No ! If you persist in doing that , I ' ll just go
outside and report ...
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