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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No , my hand is throbbing with pain ! " " Oh ! " Time passed , and the father milked
that day because the boy did not feel well . They went to sleep , and the boy
groaned all night . Some medicine was ground up for him , and his hand was ...
My hand can ' t reach back far enough ! " one of the men said . “ It ' s too big ! "
One of the other men had a smaller hand , and he tried it . He took out some
honey , then he reached back to the last honeycomb . But then , the buttocks
Sikhuluma took her hand ; he took her hand , not certain that he should do so -
wary , not sure if this might be the cause of his death . But he took her hand
anyway . Then the young woman departed . Those young women went and
prepared a ...
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