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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a doctor , indicated that I was under treatment . Those beads were put around my
neck . Time passed . Then the beads were put on my calves . It became clear that
, well , many people were coming here because they knew me and were ...
I even threw out that necklace , the symbol of a medical doctor . I just snapped it
and those knotted beads , and I threw them away . ? Then there was a time when
the illness that I had earlier been afflicted with , the white sickness , resurfaced ...
The husband ' s mother said , “ Now really , my child , you have a doctor for this
wife of yours . When something goes wrong , she ought to go to that doctor to be
examined . We hope that the doctor will discover where the problem is . It makes
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