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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Malejese took the cattle now ; he brought out all of the cattle of his father , and he
put them on one side . He said , “ Cattle of my father , take them : There they are !
" The thing went to the cattle . When it got to the cattle , it took one of them as ...
In the morning , the cattle kraal was about to be opened for the cattle . A member
of the Mangangedolo ' s home said , “ We ' ve come to visit the groom ' s party . " "
We ' ve brought them food , so they can eat . " “ Now the members of the groom ...
But can he be given cattle after he almost killed you ? You have been hurt badly ,
yet he wants his cattle ? " " Well , if he is not given his cattle , Father , it means that
I shall have to live here . Because I can see that the man over there no longer ...
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