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 it is my homestead that you want , if it is me that you want , here are my
daughters ! " So said this man . ... The father was saying the words , " my
daughter , " firmly , because he had never begotten anything else . He was
certain that this was ...
He said , " Select for yourself from among the daughters of my home . There are
many . Let them come and ... He said , “ Do you have eighty head of cattle that
you can bring here for my daughter ' s dowry ? " Sikhuluma said , “ Even above
It seems to me that my husband is being critical of me , although he hasn ' t
indicated this in our talks about his strange desire to have another wife . " Her
father said , “ Wait , my daughter . Please wait . If you speak at too great length ,
you won ...
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