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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Each one plucked an ear of corn from her own plot ; each of the girls plucked an
ear of corn from her plot , and the corn was roasted . When the corn had been
roasted , it was eaten . When they had finished eating the corn , some of the ...
The girl had not eaten since the last time she had been home . But she refused to
eat the meat that had been picked from that creature ' s teeth . When he finished
eating , he took a big stick and hit the girl . “ Please sing , Bird of a Great One !
He left the girl alone then and departed . The contest was at an end . The people
dispersed . The girl went home . She cooked the food . She had taken off the
clothes and put on her own ragged things . She had also turned the cattle of this ...
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