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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He was fed well ; the food he was served was well - prepared , and it agreed with
his blood . The lizard continued to come out in the evenings , and this lizard ' s
son continued to grow : he became an older boy . When the child had grown into
She continued to be seen by the other people . They would go by her homestead
and invite her to accompany them when they went to gather firewood . One day ,
the husband said to his wife , “ My wife , I don ' t want you to travel about with ...
Time passed , and the mother continued to stare at the child . Heee ! Why is there
no evidence that she ' s finished eating it ? But the mother remained silent . She
let it pass . Nomanaso ate the meat . She finished it completely . Then she went ...
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