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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The child said , “ No ! Come to me , Father , and I ' ll tell you what has happened !
I am not a pig ! I am a human being ! Come ! " He stopped , then said , “ What kind
of person are you ? What has happened to you ? What kind of person is this ?
Could such a thing have happened? ... I could see what was happening when he
summoned the assembly at home. ... No matter what has happened, it is
customary in this court that a person is quiet, that he responds to what is spoken
happened . " " She must be a doctor , beyond any doubt . ” A doctor is a person
who knows all things , and this became a habit with the child . Once she said , “
An army is coming ! If that army happens to come here , don ' t confront it . Just
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