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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She lit a fire , then heated the concoction . She threw it into the pool ; when it was
hot she threw it into this pool . The elands came out ; they came out . She seized
one of the elands and said , " Gather some firewood . We ' ll roast this eland .
He told them to kindle a large fire , a fire that fit into his plans . This woman must
not be killed : she must die on her own . She would be suspended above this
huge fire , a fire kindled from the wood of a mimosa thorn tree , and , when the
The meat is handled in the same way when it has been taken from the fire; the
men give it to the unmarried women, and the married women give it to the
unmarried women. The beer is drunk and finished, and in the late afternoon they
go into ...
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