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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... exposed like that and in deep pain . But her hunger was eased . Her hunger
was assuaged because she had swallowed and eaten everything , whatever was
in reach . At dawn the next day , she was still not hungry because she had eaten
How can he say that the food on these dishes is not meant to be eaten ? These
are clearly our dishes ! Eat ! " He said this , then took one of the dishes and ate .
The boys ate too because they respected Sitshalotshalwana , and also because
Tales and Observations from the Xhosa Oral Tradition Nongenile M. Zenani
Harold Scheub. When these things had taken place , Nomanaso returned . When
she arrived , everyone else had already eaten . Because her mother liked her
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