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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... up and down , until finally it found a place it could cut through in order to get
down below . It arrived there and went to Mbulukazi . It licked her , it licked her ,
gathering her together , gathering her with its horns . It licked , it gathered her ...
In the meantime , the young man was startled when he awakened . Indeed he
was . “ There ' s no girl here now . She must have left a long time ago ! " He went
home . The girls traveled on . They finally reached their home . They arrived and
Finally , the time came when the parents were no longer there , and the son was
left behind . The mother disappeared first - she died . The son lived on for a time
with his father . They lacked everything ; they had nothing to eat . Their clothes ...
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