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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Her mother closed the door of the house ; she closed it to make certain that the
fowls would not come in because there was no one to drive them out when they
entered . This child , after all , could not walk . So the child stayed there , she ...
They entered the kraal through the gate . They arrived and sat . Mangangedolo
turned to Sikhuluma and ... We do not enter through the gate , then go out again
through the same gate . We enter through the gate , then go out at the other end .
Before she could enter , the mouse said , “ Return with it , Wife of Mangangedolo !
Return with that magic , return with it ! " " Yo ! " She ran ! " Oh ! oh ! oh ! Do you
know that they ' re not asleep in that house ? Someone said , “ Return with that ...
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