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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If I am to be a youth undergoing the circumcision rite , with whom will I be
circumcised ? " His father says , “ My child , if you are agreeable , let the rite be
my responsibility . If it is all right with you , I shall tell the men of the village . I shall
That man said , “ A man is a person who has been circumcised , who has left the
things of boyhood behind - who has become , in a word , a man . ... Well , as for
this matter of circumcision , come , " said the man , " and I ' ll show you . " So the ...
Now a date must be set for my own circumcision . " The baboon said ... Mm ? Well
? " “ Over there , I ' m to be circumcised . ... Then you must spread your legs ,
spread your legs for him , and say that he should circumcise you . " His wife said
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