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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The son whose reign was being contested departed . He sought the place where
the Cira clansman had established his homestead . It was far from this area
where the dispute over the kingship was taking place . The king departed -
They would return later with a dead person who would be cooked here at home .
But an animal would be brought for Nojikolo , the woman , because she did not
eat human flesh . They departed , they hunted , then they returned . They brought
They departed with them . They arrived and threw them down . " Here they are !
What shall we do now ? " They departed , trrrrrrrrrrrrr ! They arrived , and stopped
at the entrance . ( sings ] “ Hamio ! Hamio ! Mio ! Mio ! Miose ! We were sent by ...
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