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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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 ...
... was chopped . The tripe was prepared . Salt was sprinkled on the meat . The
mother tasted it to make certain that it was well cooked . She found it well cooked
: her daughter , Nomanaso , watched her mother closely out of the corner ...
In the evening , a special meat is cooked . This meat is cooked as something
extra ; the fire has been revived . When this meat has been removed from the fire
, it is given to the women who are sitting in their own house by themselves — the
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