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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There were no boxes yet at that time , nor anything that resembles a chest ; all the
goods were carried in shoulder bags and in buckets ; some of them would be
wrapped in mats , some would be carried in kerchiefs . We traveled then .
What ' s Father carrying ? " His mother said , " What is he carrying , my child ? " “
He ' s carrying something . But I don ' t know what it is . He ' s carrying something
on his shoulder . Maybe he ' s bringing some corn . " His mother said , “ Mhm ! I ...
I won ' t be laughed at for carrying such a big load , not on that side of the river -
because , really , I was born in that country . Turn around , my in - laws . ” These
young women said , “ How can you go home carrying such a big load ? What will
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